Jack Canfield – Create A Network Of Mentors And Others Who Will Up-Level You

“Study anyone who’s great, and you’ll find that they apprenticed to a master, or several masters.  Therefore, if you want to achieve greatness, renown, and superlative success, you must apprentice to a master.” – Robert Allen

Success leaves clues.  Why not take advantage of all the wisdom and experience that already exists by finding a mentor who has already done what you want to do? Just ask!

Determine in advance what you want from this mentor.  Les Brown, for instance, would help you see possibilities.  In other words, mentors help you overcome “possibility blindness.”

Maybe you just need someone to open doors for you. Or perhaps you need a referral to a technical expert.  Whatever it may be, these particular individuals/mentors will allow you to see the bread crumbs in life that most of us miss throughout our daily lives.

Do Your Homework

Do your research on the names and backgrounds of people. I’ve given a list of names a number of times for you to look up who you like the most. The people who have been successful in the industry you’re trying to enter.

There’s an excerpt in Jack Canfield’s book that plays the role of a specific individual asking someone for help – ultimately getting help from the mentor and ended up expanding his company exponentially.

Hello, Mr. Johnston, my name is Neil. We haven’t met yet.  And I know you’re a busy man, so I’ll be brief.  I own a small trucking business.  Over the years, you have done a fantastic job building your business into one of the largest companies in our industry.  I’m sure you had some real challenges when you were first starting out.  Well, I’m still in those early stages, trying to figure everything out. Mr. Johnston, I would really appreciate it if you would consider being my mentor.  All that would mean is spending ten minutes on the phone with me once a month, so I could ask you a few questions. I’d really appreciate it.  Would you be open to that?

Not too hard, right?

You also better be prepared to give your mentors something in return.  Even if it’s something simple such as keeping them updated on industry information or calling with new opportunities that might benefit them.

Network Your Way To Success

Generating referrals and increased business – normally the referrals you get from networking are high quality. You can ultimately turn these people into clients over time.

Expanding opportunities – getting together with motivated business owners could lead to a joint venture, partnership, speaking and writing opportunities, business or asset sales, investment opportunities and so much more.

Networking is all about relationships – If you’re attending networking events hoping to sell something, you’re dreaming.  Don’t confuse direct selling with networking.  Effective networking is all about developing relationships. Networking is more about farming, not hurting. Development with other business professionals.  Sometimes you’ll want to go to a networking event just to increase your visibility, establish credibility, etc.

Jack Canfield – Build A Powerful Support Team & Delegate To Them

The ascent of Everest was not the work of one day, nor even of those few unforgettable weeks in which we climbed….it is, in fact, a tale of sustained and tenacious endeavour by many, over a long period of time.  Sir John Hunt *Scaled Mount Everest in 1953*

Listen, in order to become a high achiever, you’re going to need a powerful supporting cast.  That group of staff members, consultants, vendors, and helpers who do the bulk of the work while he or she is available to create new opportunities.

Just recently I had one of my students create and resize some photos for me on photo shop because I’m not that technically savvy.  Yes, I could’ve learned myself, but if it’s easy to delegate tasks for very cheap, why not?

The Total Focus Process

There’s an excellent process in Jack Canfield’s ‘The Success Principles Book” which helps provide you with clarity in terms of how you should be spending your time, and what you should be delegating to others.

  1. Start by listing those activities that occupy your time. They could be business-related, personal, volunteer work, even things like filing and photocopying.
  2. Next, choose from the list the 1-3 that you’re very good at and that needs your special unique talents that very few people have.  These activities that you’re very god at and that generate the most income are the ones you want to spend the most time on.
  3. Finally, create a plan for delegating everything else to other people.

Another great example is since I’m a teacher, I have a lot of clothes.  I’m not going to spend 3-4 hours one evening washing 9 suits, 20 shirts and pants, etc when I can easily delegate that to the lady down the road for 2-5$ every two weeks.

The Need For Personal Advisors

Too many business owners don’t even have an accountant.  They run their entire business program; however, there aren’t any experts at hand checking the numbers.

For instance, I had a student who became an accountant at a prestigious firm and saw that employees were stealing hundreds of thousands of baths over the course of 5-10 years.  When you run a business, you need to also have people who can keep close tabs on numbers because once assets start disappearing, you have to be 100% responsible and take on the task yourself.  Or, you can pay and have one accountant do the bulk of that dirty work.

Once You’ve Chosen Your Team Members, Trust Them

A great story is one by Raymond Aaron.  He was selling his home to move into an apartment, so he delegated an entire project to his assistant. He told her to find a specific flat. “Find it, negotiate the lease, and bring me the contract to sign,” he said. “Then hire a moving van, get a check from my office to pay the movers, pack up the fragile items, supervise the movers, and drive behind them to my new home.” He even had her hire an advance cleaning crew and arrange a handful of other things.

Where did he meet her? On vacation!

What could a virtual assistant or virtual freelancer do for you? Write up speeches? Reports? Create a radio commercial? Develop a YouTube video?

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