Bouris on why everyone in business needs a tough mentor - 1st April 2019
businessman Mark Bouris says it takes balls to step outside your nine-to-five
job. But you need more than just bravery.
business people need a good mentor. Source: Supplied
Mark Bouris, The Mentor
kind of people who are brave and ballsy enough to step outside the nine-to-five
comfort zone and go it alone in business tend to be confident personalities. Believe
me, you need some self-belief to make it, but one big mistake that a lot of people
make when starting out is believing that they know it all, because nobody does.
you might have read a few books, done your research, even got a degree, if youre
the kind of person who thinks thats going to be useful in the real world,
but the fact is, you dont know it all, and thats why having a mentor
is so vital.
heads really are better than one, and when one of those heads sits on the broad
shoulders of billionaire Kerry Packer, as it did in the case of my mentor, you
can be sure youre going to know a lot more when hes done with you.
spent several fascinating, and frankly sometimes frightening years working with
Kerry, who was a major investor in Wizard Home Loans early on. And that meant
he was, shall we say, motivated to make time for me.
people who say that Packer was a hard old bastard are typically those who never
worked closely with him, because if you had youd know that hard
is too brittle a word for how tough he really was.
met with him every month, for six years, and every single one of those meetings
was like an examination, a stern going-over from his incredible business brain.
And every one of those meetings helped me to grow.
imagine that Kerry was the type to sit you down, put an arm around your shoulder
and let you in on the secrets of how to run a successful business. Nor did he
ever tell me what to do.
Australian media magnate Kerry Packer served as Mark Bouriss business mentor.
Source: The Daily Telegraph
Kerry didnt give me answers, what he gave me instead were questions. Lots
of them, every time we met, and I always had to have my answers ready, because
he would never forget what Id said the month before, or two years earlier,
because he had an unbelievable memory.
it was his questioning, the problems he put to me and the solutions he sent me
out to find, that helped to make me a success.
know that I was very, very fortunate to have had a mentor like Kerry Packer, but
the fact is there are many, many good mentors out there, who can help you to learn
from their experiences.
just have to find the right one.
why I want to start a global movement for business owners, connecting people to
mentors. Mentors that can act as subject-matter experts, or even just hold you
accountable for what you said the previous month.
Bouris, AM, is an Australian businessman and the founder of Mentored.com.au,
which gives online access to Australias greatest business minds | @markbouris