The best entrepreneurs in the world have had mentors, people that have taught them the craft and honed their business skills while cheering on their success, on both a personal and professional level.
For instance, John Maxwell, the noted author and leadership guru, always recounts the story of how, as a young pastor, he paid US$100 each to the leading pastors in the United States to listen to them for one hour and learn what they had to share about leadership. Look where Maxwell is now.
Young or new entrepreneurs can be successful like Maxwell, but they don’t have to shell out thousands of pesos to get good advice. In fact, most mentors can be had for free – as long as one takes care to make that person not only an advisor, but a friend and a confidant as well.
“My first business mentor was my dad, Engr. Alex Ledesma. We grew talking business over meals all my life,” says The One School executive director Lex Ledesma, a member of ENTREPRENEUR’s panel of experts. “This was my start in the entrepreneurial world since my dad was a contractor and a developer his whole life. He has always been an entrepreneur.”
Ledesma also considers Dr. Andy Ferreria and Dr. Francisco Colayco, his business partners at The One School, as my “mentors both in business and in life. They are both serial entrepreneurs that embody decency and honesty, virtues I admire.”
Another friend and high school classmate, Fr. Jem Guevara, mentors Ledesma by stressing that he keeps “treating everybody around me the way I want to be treated.”