When we talk about what makes a startup successful, there's one factor many people forget: having the right mentor. A 2014 survey from The UPS Store found that 88 percent of business owners with a mentor believe they are an invaluable part of the team.

But that doesn't mean any ol' mentor will do. You need to look at your personality -- your strengths and weaknesses -- and find someone who complements you. That way, you can receive the unique guidance you need to be a great entrepreneur.

Here are four different entrepreneurial personalities and the mentors who match well with them:

The Creative Dreamer

Your defining characteristics

Where others just see a problem, you see inspiration. Something sparks an idea and you have to run with it. And you're not alone. Research from Tufts University and Stanford University found that 76 percent of young, aspiring entrepreneurs are highly innovative thinkers.

Endless possibility is your biggest focus and motivator. Your out-of-the-box thinking allows you to be innovative in your quest to bring your business to life. However, the more boring constraints of reality, like budgets or timelines, are rarely on your radar.

Your ideal mentor

You need someone grounded to balance you out. They should support your dream, but need to be able to keep you from going overboard. Look for someone with a background in finance or logistics. Their structure will balance your creativity without stifling it. They'll also be able to teach you the organizational skills you'll need to give your business the foundation to grow as big as you imagine.

The Persistent Freighttrain

Your defining characteristics

Once you set a goal for yourself, there's no stopping you. You never stop trying and don't understand the concept of giving up. This is particularly beneficial when you're looking for others to come on board with your business because you refuse to take 'no' for an answer.

However, sometimes that persistence costs you. A study published in the Journal of Research in Personality found that people with grittier personalities are more likely to keep investing effort into tasks even if they're clearly failing.

Your ideal mentor

You need someone who has a different perspective on failure than you. Your mentor needs to show you that a mistake is also a chance to learn. While you're all about the end goal, someone who focuses on the process of getting there can help you learn to recognize when it's time to stop and rethink your approach. This is how my relationship with the now CEO of my first company, Coplex, is. I hired Zach Ferres because he felt like this mentor for me. Fast forward now and he's running the company, he's incredible at the team, process, and knows how to create the company, structure, and organization to succeed.

While they might seem like opposites, either an analyst or a designer would be perfect. The first  could help you identify trends and patterns on what's working and what's not. The second would encourage you to try multiple approaches instead of investing all your time and energy on one thing that may not work.

The Jack of All Trades

Your defining characteristics

As someone who's always had a variety of interests and talents you've finally found the perfect job for you: entrepreneur. The role allows you to dabble in every aspect of business instead of being forced to focus on one.

Being good at so many things, however, you tend to think you're always right or insist on doing everything yourself. In a fast-paced startup, you can end up being burnt out very quickly.

Your ideal mentor

Someone has to teach you to delegate. A mentor who is especially good at recognizing strengths -- like a talent management or hiring professional -- will help you focus on your best talents. They can also show you how to identify other's skills so you know who to trust with what task.

The Risk Taker

Your defining characteristics

It doesn't matter what's at stake, if there's a chance at a big pay off, you're in the game. You make decisions quickly and confidently. Even if you lose, you know you can just start over and try again.

And you never learn to back down. A study from the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology looked at people who were bigger risk-takers over the course of their lives. The trait proved to be fairly stable throughout individuals' life spans.

Your ideal mentor

There's no doubt that you need to be able to take risks to succeed as an entrepreneur. But you need someone who's been there before to make sure you truly understand what's at risk. Look for a mentor who's a more experienced entrepreneur. In my case, I was fortunate enough to have a successful businessman named Tom Antion mentor me. The knowledge he imparted on me has been invaluable throughout my career, especially when I first founded Coplex. He reminds me that there's alway more to learn as an entrepreneur.

While your mentor probably won't be able to keep you from taking big chances, they can let you know what's on the line with each decision. And if things do falter, an experienced mentor knows the best way to recover.

As an entrepreneur, there will always be more to learn. But depending on your personality type, you'll need distinct forms of support and guidance. Knowing your strengths and weakness will help you find the mentor for you.

What are some other types of mentors make great matches for entrepreneurs? Share in the comments below!

Published on: May 25, 2016