A “mentor’s experience” can mean two things.
It can be the experience that a mentor has with various mentees. It can also refer to the qualifying experience that a mentor has, that enables them to be a mentor. Today, we’re talking about the latter.
A young woman I know has recently begun an entrepreneur mentorship program, which I have a few problems with. First of all, she has no experience with small-medium companies. Secondly, she has never been with a company while it was scaling. Finally, she has limited knowledge of how businesses leverage technology. As a result, her mentees will not receive wisdom from someone with deep domain knowledge. While it’s important to have mentors, it’s more important that they have the right experience.
How can you receive training from someone who has none themselves? I’m reminded of Tim Ferriss, who skipped getting an MBA to learn from people who had done what he wanted to do. As a result, his show has become a knowledge base for entrepreneurs of all backgrounds.
Thinking back to your life’s teachers, ask yourself what their experience was. Has your marketing mentor rolled out a large campaign? Has your technology mentor rolled out an enterprise-level software solution? Realistically, what knowledge can your mentors share with you?