What They Dont Teach You At Stanford Business School

Stuff you can't learn in B-school: LARRY CHIANG

5 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make When Getting Mentored

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This is probably some of the best content Re: mentorship.


Little league baseball player at bat Mentorship is a critical catalyst for passage, transition and development as a pre-entrepreneur. But mentorship, like entrepreneurship, can break down in the nitty gritty details. My intention is to tell you how to avoid these five mistakes many entrepreneurs often make when they try to get mentored by a VC. It falls under what my mentor, Mark McCormack, taught me.

1. Take yourself out of the running before you’re in the running

Some pre-preneurs take themselves out of the hunt for a mentor. They think they’re not qualified. I call this premature disqualification.

For example, when I taught baseball camp, we never said to any 5- or 6 year-old, “Nope, sorry, you’re not qualified to learn from me” (a high school hero, college zero). No one wonders if the 6-year-old is ready. The ball is one third the size of their head yet they still fling it and catch it…

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Written by Larry Chiang

February 23, 2014 at 11:32 pm

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