It Takes A Village

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As I get deeper into the mind of entrepreneurship I’m realizing that I know 0 about it! The more I try to create and really build, the more confused I am and I find myself back at square 1. Again. I’ve cried and gotten frustrated, turned the computer off and decided to just let it go for a while. Now y’all know I love black twitter because they never fail to give me what I need. I happen to follow an aspiring screenwriter and she was going on and on about the wisdom she had received from her mentor. She was relishing in the fact that had someone of seasond expertise to bounce her ideas off. And it was like a lightbulb had gone off in my head. I always have 100 different ideas and plans of things I really want to accomplish, but before I can get them all out and into the universe I have thought myself into overdrive and now I’m overwhelmed. I figured it was time to get a mentor.


Now here’s the thing I didn’t know about mentorship. Firstly, some of them use their knowledge as an overcast of what they could really offer. They take pride in advising you, but in the meantime, the give you the run around. Some people are jus do-ers, not neccessarily teachers. I saw that first hand. I had a conversation with what I considered a mentor candidate and he pretty much told me the Google version of the things I felt like I already knew. I skimmed his website and he seemed to be established enough to give advice, but not so indulged that he didn’t have time to assist a rookie like myself in business and marketing.

Secondly, I didn’t know that it cost. When I think mentorship, I think advisory. I think guidance and prioritizing, none of that gives me a need for a price tag. In my opinion, I’m not asking you to do the work for me, I’m asking for some assistance on the best way to do the work to gain the fullest potential of my success. Maybe I’m wrong, naive even. But, that’s not something I seen to be an occupation so to speak. I couldn’t imagine an aspiring blogger coming to me for help on how to be better at what they do and me charging them for my answers. It’s obvious that they feel I have some valuable information, so as someone established and making progress, I’d just help with what, when and how I could. Again, maybe that’s just me.

So I plan to continue on this hunt for a mentor,but the longer I look and research these people of eloquence and distinction I understand that this world is bigger than my dreams. I have to take action if I want anything to be done. It took me a while to make myself believe that I was not a one woman army. Now that I am slowly, but surely climbing down from my white horse I know that I need a team. Sakita Holley of Hashtags&Stilletos says “Do the work and your tribe will find you. Done is always better than perfect.”I carry that in my pocket when I’m feeling discouraged on a mission. In a mentor I am looking for, preferably black woman. One who is not only pre-established, but feels the need to still be in the field. One that is still making those connections and perfecting her network, allowing it to build toward prosperous opportunity. Said woman does not have to be in the area of Entertainment. But, I’d love if what she does is Communication oriented. I want to say that she doesn’t have to be college educated, just so that I can get that side of the hustle, but I believe I’d relate more if she was. I know that this trek upward has really just began for me, so I need someone who’s been here before and isn’t to proud to go back. Each one, teach one.

Have you ever considered being a mentee? What do you look for in a mentor?

With Love,

Storie Stone

The Storie Will Be Televised

B R I L L I A N T. Successful Project Product. Proud Black Sheep and all around Thoroughbred. 26. Planted in Chicago,IL | Blossomed in Atlanta, GA

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