Mentors are generally people who have slightly more experience than those who they’re mentoring. Mentors usually take mentees under their wing and provide support and guidance to prepare them for future roles within an organisation.
In other words, if you’re being ‘mentored’ – you’re only being taught what another person has experienced within an organisation and are only taught within those restricted parameters.
A mentor is purposely biased and only teaches you what he or she believes is good for you. They naturally do not know what’s required to excel you towards what’s required to reach your true, unique possibilities as a human being.
So, if you ever wanted to think outside the box – and release your full potential and be innovative within your industry and be known for something unique and different, then mentoring is not for you.
A coach on the other hand is an outside thinker and can immediately tell you the problems and challengers you’re facing in life and in business. A coach looks at all aspects of your business and detects your problems, then provides immediate solutions you can implement right away.
A coach is an outside thinker that can view your business from angles a mentor cannot. Also, a coach provides quick implementation strategies with specific goals in mind required to excel your business to the level you desire.
A mentor helps your business from the mentor’s perspective, which is limited and biased. A coach is objective – and makes you see your business from a much larger perspective and creates a much bigger, clearer picture of where you can take your business (and what you can do with it). Then, the coach teaches you and ‘coaches’ you to fulfil those business goals.
With a mentor, you’re limited to only what the mentor knows. With a coach (who is way more experienced and knowledgeable than a mentor), you’re provided with unlimited growth opportunities and the only limitations are those you pose on yourself.