In Part 6, I’ve talked about the misconception that’s easy (although completely doable) and that it’s about the freedom of the 5 W’s, namely Whatever, Whenever, Wherever, Whoever, and hoWever.
If you’ve skipped Part 6, click here to go back.
The truth is you cannot know everything there is to know about how to get where you want to be in life.
While it’s possible to learn the needed skills, this will take time and likely a lot of money.
Instead, what if you had someone (or a group of people) who can help guide you to success?
A mentor is someone who currently is where you want to be. The relationship you have with a mentor can be an official one, or it can be informal such as following in the footsteps of someone you admire.
Mentors have experience and have gone through the growing pains towards success. They will know what training you may need or skills to develop.
More importantly, mentors can give you needed feedback on what you are doing right and wrong during your development. This kind of advice is invaluable.
You don’t want a mentor who will hold back. Make sure you give them full permission to be completely honest with you, even if you don’t like what they tell you.
Most worthwhile mentors will have no problems doing this for you. It may be a hard pill to swallow, but you will be better off than having mentors who sugarcoat your progress. That won’t help you in any way.
The mentors you choose should have the experience or skills you desire to learn. Be sure to ask many questions about what they expect from you and ask what you can expect from them.
This expectation is important. Otherwise, you won’t have any means of knowing whether the mentoring relationship is working.
If someone you are considering as mentor has an issue with you asking these questions, this is a sign they may not be right for you. It can also be more difficult to sever the relationship once it has begun.
It depends on what you currently have available at your disposal and what you intend to receive from this kind of arrangement. If there is a mentor willing to do this free, consider doing it.
On the other hand, paying someone to help you lets you hold him or her accountable. This is a crucial aspect of mentoring. Without it, you could be spinning your wheels, going nowhere.
You don’t want to waste time as the entire reason to take on a mentor is to save time in getting you further in your development.
How do you make sure you get to the top of Mount Everest and back?
You take an experienced guide along.
When you do take a guide, do you listen to him or do you try to tell him what to do? Being teachable and following instructions is the wisest attitude, right?
Having a mentor is like having a guide.
You are in uncharted territory as a new businessman or woman and someone with experience will be an asset.
Don’t see this as an expense, but an investment. It’s an investment in your skills, your business, and success.
Would it be useful if that mentor made mistakes and he can stop you from making the same mistakes?
A great mentor has lived through it all – problems, obstacles, losing and winning. They learned valuable Parts from the ‘school of hard knocks’ that will benefit you.
If you’re looking for a faster track, a mentor is an answer. Provided it is the right mentor.
The right mentor will have your best interest at heart and will go out of his way to help you.
Why would a top earner mentor be interested in helping you?
Because the great ones don’t need more money. They are accomplished and have successful businesses.
They are at the stage of success where they are looking for a legacy. Their dream has shifted from building a business to helping others build successful businesses.
I can assure you, once you reach that stage of success, you will also want to help others. Teaching and helping others leads to those same people wanting to teach and help others and so it goes on.
In a sense, you then ‘live forever’ through the influence you have on others.
Just think of all the great teachers and mentors who have long ago passed away and we still benefit from their insights through their books and other teachings. I still buy and read books of people who died a century or more ago. Even today, people benefit from the priceless insights they left the world.
When you start in the online business world, it can be scary. You are in unfamiliar territory.
Having a guide in the form of a mentor will help you move in the right direction and save you time and money getting started. Investing in yourself and the right mentor is never an expense, but an investment.
In Part 8, I will share my experience with my mentor.