Be. Pursue. Train.

If you’ve made it to the point where you are “shining” as an entrepreneur, you more than likely had other industry professionals pour wisdom and encouragement into you along the away. That’s the importance of mentorship. No matter where we are in our career, we need help and encouragement from others. A while back, I attended a program where the speaker said something that really stuck with me — She said, we need to be a” Barnabas, pursue a Paul, and train a Timothy” when it comes to mentoring others.
 
This quote had a biblical root, but it provides very valuable lessons that we can all learn from as entrepreneurs. Allow me to break it down for you.
 
Be a Barnabas: A good mentor knows that there is no greater legacy than to help someone else win. Barnabas was generous, he was an encourager, and he was comfortable being a “hype man” for someone he believed in. As you mentor others, remember to “lift up” and “nudge” your proteges. And, if you hear of an opportunity that would be great for someone, speak their name. Let others know there are other entrepreneurs who are just as awesome as you. (Acts 11:22-26)

Pursue a Paul: Mentoring is an intentional relationship between an entrepreneur and a mentor.

When you “pursue a Paul,” you are seeking a mentor who is willing to be honest (but kind) with you when you need advice. As an entrepreneur, you need someone to hold you accountable when you lose focus or wallow in self pity or you“venture down the wrong path.” In today’s world, your “Paul” can be a mentor or an executive coach or even an accountability group. So, who is going to be your “Paul?” (Galatians 6:1)

 
Train a Timothy: True success is when you reach back and bring someone along with you, so make it your business to help someone else win. Train and educate others. Prepare them with the tools they need for new opportunities. Then, help them overcome their fears so that they are empowered for success. (2 Timothy 1:6-7)
 
Love and Soul Always, Kawania
 
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Hey there trailblazer!

I’m Kawania (kuh won nee ah) and I own and lead two successful businesses in the creative industry.

When I started Howerton+Wooten Events in 2007, I found myself “googling” a bunch of business questions that aren’t always discussed in business books. You know what I’m talking about, right?!? Those “start up” challenges that keep you up until the wee hours in the morning.

Believe me, I’ve been there — That’s why I launched this blog. To provide you with a resource you can reference with those “middle of the night” questions as you launch, run and scale your own successful (and sustainable) business. There’s lots of information in this blog, so bookmark it and hit me up if you have any questions. We all need a little guidance every now and then, right? Take care friend. Keep shining!

Love and Soul Always, Kawania

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