To be successful, you need coaching. It is something we are all for in sporting arenas. Yet when it comes to business, financial management, or any other capacity of 'success' people try to do everything themselves. When it doesn't work out, it's all too easy to throw in the towel, because there is no one there to keep you accountable. This isn't an option. You need to find a mentor to be successful!
How Do I Find a Mentor?
First and foremost, you always have to remember that regardless of where you are now, you can learn where you want to be next. Sure some people may be born with a particular skill set, but the most successful people are those who worked harder the attain the same skills. Confidence can be learned. Public speaking can be learned. But you won't learn a thing if you don't put yourself outside of your safe zone and try something new.
Finding the right mentor depends entirely on what you are trying to achieve. They say that success leaves clues, so first and foremost, you have to determine what your end goal is. Without knowing where you want to end up, it will be impossible to find a mentor in the same creative space as you. Then you can follow their breadcrumbs, and learn from their mistakes, so you don't make them all over again!
Success Leaves Clues
Second, you need to acknowledge that success is a mindset, not an end-goal. It is a belief which stems from the subconscious mind to affirm itself in reality. If you don't honestly believe that achieving your dreams is possible, no amount of mentorship is going to help you. So I would suggest beginning with books like Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth by T. Harv Eker, or the updated version of Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.
Is One Mentor Enough?
I do not believe that everything can be learned from one person. In fact, Your journey of personal development should lead you to a number of mentors throughout your lifetime. If you want to succeed in business, for example, you may need a mentor in the same industry as you, and someone who can teach you how to manage your finances.
If you are in Network Marketing you may need to find a mentor who can teach you recruitment strategies and a mentor who can teach you about the power of a positive mindset. Someone who was successful in marketing 20 years ago may be able to help you with design, but not be up to date with the latest social media tactics.
Ultimately, it is up to you to seek out and find a mentor that fits within your industry, mental space, and the goals you aim to achieve. Furthermore, it is also up to you to recognise when one mentor isn't providing you with the support you need, or if you have outgrown what they can teach you.
But I'm Just a Little Fish
So you've learned how to find a mentor and decided that you want to be the next Richard Branson. We both know that having him personally mentor you is near to impossible (right now). Thankfully, you don't need to be a personal protégé to learn from the best.
The people at the top are consistently creating and providing content, training courses, podcasts, and books about their experiences. This is where you start! Just because you haven't met someone face to face doesn't mean you can't begin to learn from them this very instant.
The list below are some of the influences in my life at the moment. It is by no means exhaustive, and whilst they simply link to their pages I have every intention of delving deeper into their teachings and philosophies, to bring you the best information I can. Always remember, when you try to find a mentor that:
A true protégé wants what is in their mentor's heart. A parasite wants what's in their mentor's hand.
List of Mentors
John C Maxwell- Leadership
Simon Chan- Network Marketing
Neil Patel- Online Marketing Strategies
Mike Dillard- Network Marketing and Entrepreneurship
Jordan Harbinger- Social Skills and influence
Darren Hardy- Success coaching and entrepreneurship
Jim Rohn- Mindset and self-belief
Eric Worre- Network marketing and self-belief
Do you have a personal mentor in your life? Have you been able to emulate their success? Please let me know in the comments below or on Social Media!