Set aside some time and make a list of people you would like to ask to mentor you.
- Tony Robbins
- Lisa Nichols
- Gary Vee
- Vishen Lakhiani
- Tom Bilyeau
- Les Brown
- Michael Bernard Beckwith
- Jim Kwik
It will probably seem daunting at first to contact people and ask for assistance, but it’s easier than you think. Just recently I messaged Michael Bernard Beckwith to be on my podcast. Was I scared? No, but it’s a win-win situation for me. If he replies and we set something up, this will be ASTOUNDING for me; if he doesn’t reply, I still leave without anything. See, win-win.
You know, when Les Brown started his speaking career in the early 1980’s, he approached Dr. Norman Vincent Peale (who was a world-renowned speaker and publisher). Not only did Peale talk to Les, but he took him underneath his wings, too, teaching him everything he knew.
Les said, “he spoke more to my heart than to my mind.” Les Brown referred to this because there was a particular individual who said he would never be anything because he got held back + D’s and F’s in school. However, Peale saw the greatness within Les.
Perhaps like the story above, you just need someone to open doors for you. It could be someone from the social media platform called LinkedIn, or a friend who knows a friend, or just being around people who are high-energy.
I have mentors everywhere, and I don’t pay for them, either. Let me tell you how I do it.
There’s a CEO of a crossfit-kinda-gym out here in Bangkok that I’m close to. Not only am I close to him, but some of the other trainers. I’ve always said before that “like attracts like,” and this is exactly what he has attracted to his business, which is extraordinary. The array of personalities and position beings working for him and training is captivating.
So how do I learn from him? Just being around him and all the other trainers makes me incredibly enthusiastic about learning what they know. He’s also a self-made millionaire, which is extremely rewarding because I’m literally within an arms length from an ultra-successful being. And what’s more interesting is because he’s so happy and content with life, everyone else around him has that same persona. Now, there are some people who workout in the gym that are bad energy. I stay away from them. However, in my little area right down the street from where I am, it’s team-oriented and so much fun going through absolute HELL.
What I’m trying to say is you don’t have to pay loads of dollars to get a mentor. You can just pay a bit of a premium membership to get around people who are where you want to be. If that’s moving to a particular area (while not busting the bank), or walking down the street of where some big shots walk down (like Napoleon Hill did) — that’s the gateway!
You’ll have to do some homework. Look for mentors who have the kind of well-rounded experience you need to tackle your goal. When you start seeing a pattern of the same few people being recommended, you know you’ve found that short list.
Also, asking someone who has already done it (because success leaves clues) is the best way to get to the next level. Media agents, who talk to Gary Vee all the time, ask him “how can I build my own media agency?” It’s funny because Gary Vee always says that he wants his opponents to fail miserably, but that’s not the point. The point is that he wants to dissect the mind of Gary Vee, just like I wanted to dissect the mind of one of my colleagues that knew so much about everything.
Network Your Way To Success
This could be in terms of mentorship or even just collaborating with others. My first ever podcast interview was with a stylist and marketing executive from Dallas, Texas. It took me 18 months to do my first interview. Since that interview I’ve done 9 others (5 of them this year) alone because I know that could possibly expand my audience.
In terms of other forms of social media, I’ve come up in a lot of different search terms as of late. There was a speaking agency that searched for me recently on LinkedIn, which raised my eye brows. Shortly following that, I got a job interview and praise from a school in Indonesia.
The foundation of business and careers are built on relationships, and relationships form when people meet and interact with each other in an authentic way. Also, I know you’re also aware of the fact that people prefer to do business with people they know, like, and trust.
Just like I recently stated, when you get together with other motivated business owners, there is an opportunity for things like joint ventures, clients leads, partnerships, speaking and writing opportunities, business or asset sales, investment opportunities and much more to emerge.
Creating connections and keeping them in your network is imperative. Having a personal assistant, graphic designer, sound technician, and even a transcription person on board is critical. You might not be able to pay for each person, but start small by giving them some important projects (at a one-time fee), and then work your way up to more significant projects.
Getting advice from the likes of Gary Vee and other entrepreneurs WHO HAVE BEEN THER is free. Everything you’ve heard and read about will be retorted in a different way to you, so don’t be afraid.