Why I Spend Money on Mentoring... and lots of it.
This week, I'm sharing specifically how much money I spend every month on mentoring.
Hint: it's an amount that would have been inconceivable to me a year or two ago.
It's an amount that doesn't feel entirely comfortable. It pushes me, which is part of the point.
When I first started practicing, I resisted spending money on mentoring and other "business building" things.
I didn't have money to spend, and a lot of these programs seemed scammy and unnecessary. (To be fair, many of them actually are.)
I wanted to focus on working with clients, and I didn't have any interest in being a business owner.
I pretty quickly realized that I do own a business, and simultaneously that I had no idea how to actually run one.
The limits of my own knowledge and experience became obvious.
When I started paying people who know more than I do to help me, things started to change.
Now I think of this money as 1) totally worth it for reasons explained in the episode, and 2) a way to symbolize my belief in myself and my own growth/expansion. When I pay people who are further down the line to help me grow ethically and thoughtfully, I know I'm saving myself time, energy, and heartache.
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Transcript of Why I Spend a Lot of Money on Mentoring Every Month episode
Well, hi there, welcome to In the Clinic with Camille, my name is Camille Freeman. I am a licensed nutritionist and a registered herbalist, and I support other practitioners who are looking to build and grow their own clinical practices. So today, I want to talk to you about why I spend what really seems like a kind of ridiculous amount of money every month on a business mentor and other programs and things that help me learn and grow as somebody who owns a practice.
When I first started out in 2004, I think it was my philosophy was basically I just want to work with clients. I don't really want to put a lot of money or time or effort into the business. Part of things like that was not my interest. I sort of did the ostrich head in the sand thing where I was like, I'm just going to work with clients and not think about the rest of it. And y'all, I'm here to tell you that that doesn't work.
I wish it worked because I know most of us just want to do the clinical work and we're not really that interested in the finding clients and marketing and promotion and websites, all of that. It's that's really just a secondary thing for most of us. But it turns out that if you want to have a sustainable practice and one where you're not constantly reacting to emergencies in terms of like, oh, I have to pay taxes, we're like, oh, I have to fill this form in or whatever, then you have to kind of get on top of this stuff.
So I realized also that. I don't know how to do it or I didn't at the time, I was not trained in how to run a business. I didn't even think that a clinical practice was a business when I first started. And I realized pretty quickly that, oh, actually, it is. And if I want to do this and if I want to do it in the long term, I got to learn how to run a business.
So. At that was the point where I started to realize, all right, I think I'm going to have to actually spend some money. For a long time I tried to avoid that part and I was like, well, I could piece this together. Everything that I need is available on the Internet. I can learn how to do this. And what I realized is, yes, I can learn how to do this. You can learn how to do this.
It's totally possible. And what happens is if you don't have somebody else to guide you along the way. It just you go the long route, you piece it all together, you don't do it in the right order, and then you waste a lot of time and money that way. So I learned that the hard way. And eventually I was like, all right, I'm going to start actually spending some money with people who actually know what to do.
And I found out that, yeah, it kind of hurts a little bit to be like, I'm going to pay this money for something I think I could learn on my own. But what it does is it streamlines things. And you've got somebody who's already made all the mistakes or who has more training than you do or more expertize or actually likes to do the business part and can be like, oh, hey, let me take a look at what's going on here.
Here's the top three things you need to do. Don't worry about the rest for now. Prioritize these, get those done and come back and talk to me and it makes such a difference. So when I started doing that, I noticed everything got easier. My practice grew more quickly to be what I wanted it to be. And I was able to focus on the things most of the time that I really wanted to be doing. The other reason that I continue to spend money on a mentor and various trainings and programs and support types of things is that it is a commitment to myself.
When I write a check, I don't actually write a check, but when I send over money to pay invoices for my mentor or whoever else and I'm like, who? That seems like a lot of money. I realized that I wouldn't be doing that if I didn't think that my practice could work. If I didn't believe in what I was doing, if I was like, but I don't know, I don't want to do this and it could all fail, I wouldn't be doing it.
It's a stretch. It pushes me a little bit. And I think a large part of the equation is just that belief in myself, in the commitment to myself, that's like, OK, if I put in that much money every month, I am showing up, I am doing the work. I'm not going to be like, oh, well, you know, if I missed a session and I miss it, no. If I'm putting in enough money to where it feels like a real stretch to me, I am for sure I'm going to be at the session. I'm going to listen to what the person said. Am I going to every time do 100 percent of what they say? No, probably not for various reasons, but it does really put some skin in the game, so to speak, on my end. And that is huge. It really that feeling of stretching myself and have also kind of committing to saying, yeah, this is what I'm doing. I'm not half in and half out.
I'm not. Maybe going to show up and maybe not like I'm really doing this because I care about this work and I think I can do it, and that makes a huge difference. So I seek out people who are further along than I am or who have expertize in things that I don't want to have, expertize in that I can rely on them for those parts of my practice. And let me tell you. All right, now for where I am in my practice, I am spending five hundred dollars a month on a business mentor.
Actually, it's 550 dollars every single month, which at the beginning of my practice would seem outrageous. But what I will tell you is that. When I spend an amount of money that feels like a stretch to me. Things grow more quickly and I personally grow in ways that I would never have thought of the beginning of my practice, I would never have spent this much money because I didn't have that much coming in and I didn't have the wiggle room.
But so I started smallish, you know, with things that felt like a stretch at the time. Like there was a time when spending 25 or 50 dollars a month felt like a real investment in stretch in myself. And I went up from there. So that's just I just wanted to share some thoughts on this. For those of you who might be thinking that I somehow learned how to do all of this on my own and I just happened to naturally be good at running a practice or mentoring other people or doing any of this work, because that is not true.
I have put a lot of money into growing my practice over the years. And every time I do, not only does my practice grow, does it get to be more aligned with what I'm trying to do? But I personally grow. It's not just about, you know, the business side of things. But I find my own edges. I find my own areas of uncomfort. I find that I'm answering questions about equity and access and my own time and my own boundaries and the community that I work with and understanding what people need, all of that is helping me to grow as a person and to serve the people I want to be helping and more thoughtful and more effective ways. So I think my message to you, if you're thinking about doing a practice and you're feeling stuck, is to push yourself a little bit in making a commitment in some way. Maybe that's signing up for something that feels like a push.
Maybe it's committing to doing something every day that feels like a push, but. I understand that you are going to need people along the way who know more than you do or you're going to need to have the time to kind of figure it out on your own. So anyway, I hope that helps a little bit. Just to have a peek behind the scenes of what's going on here. If you have any questions, let me know if you're looking for a kind of a good starter way to commit to your practice or and so forth.
I think Monday Mentoring actually could be a great option for you if you're at the beginning or kind of in the middle part of your journey or you don't have a ton of extra money to spend, but maybe a 50 dollars or 75 or 100 dollars a month feels like arranged. That's a commitment and a little bit of a push to you. Then check out Monday Mentoring. We'd love to have you there. And if you need any help or have any questions about other types of options, let me know.
And I love to hear what's going on for you. All right, everyone, take care. I hope you're having a lovely week and I'll talk to you again soon.