Mentors must be able to meet Veterans where they are in their journey, and lead them where they need to go. A mentor has the skills and knowledge to meet the challenges an entrepreneur will face with a new business, and to prepare that entrepreneur to identify the internal and external resources required to succeed.
Many people are managers; few people are leaders. Mentors must be leaders. The best leaders don’t give instructions. You are here to suggest, advise, aid in defining pros and cons and point out areas that need attention or decision. Our goal is to produce a Veteran that can build a business. That may mean a decision to pursue a particular business may not be wise, or the timing is wrong. It is not your role to make that decision, but it is your role to facilitate information and share wisdom and guidance so the Veteran can make better decisions for themselves and their business.
Commitment to success
Obviously, you should be passionate about your contribution to The Jonas Project. But it has to go beyond a passion to help Veterans. The potential impact from your mentorship can lead to economic impact in the form of jobs and better, more stable businesses. This is where we teach a man (or woman) to fish.
You should be a problem solver. It’s not enough to identify needs and expect The Jonas Project to solve them. You must be capable of coaching a Veteran to find a way to meet their own needs. Our Veterans are smart and capable, but sometimes need guidance on where or how to find resources. While The Jonas Project exists to act as a force multiplier to assist Veterans with their own capacity, we cannot be the sole resource and problem solver for Veteran needs in the business arena. We would be remiss in our mission were we to not prepare our Veteran entrepreneurs to be self-sufficient and independent business leaders.
The Jonas Project Mentor brings a strong commitment to support the success of our Veteran entrepreneurs. We ask you to focus on making The Jonas Project better, communicate your ideas, participate in execution and understand the value of the overall success of The Jonas Project, not just the Veteran. Where The Jonas Project succeeds in launching Veteran Owned Businesses, we all succeed in contributing to the greater economic strength of our communities.
Are you an entrepreneur or a subject matter expert?
Can you lead people where they need to go?
Are you committed to the success of our Veterans?
The Jonas Project wants you!