Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Author

How to find a Mentor

Wouldn’t it be great if you could have someone give instructions on how to be successful in your chosen field and all you had to do is follow their advice?

You can!

Most people will not find a person who will spend time with them, coach them and tell them every step to take on their road to success. At least not for free! People are too busy with their own lives to give away their time for free.

However, you don’t necessarily need to have a one-on-one success coach and I’ll tell you why.

Mentoring doesn’t necessarily have to mean a one-on-one coaching experience. Mentoring can encompass many avenues that are absolutely free and some only have a minor cost.

Wouldn’t it be great to have Dave Ramsey or Suze Orman as your personal financial coach? How about having Tony Robbins give you a boost of motivation every day? Maybe have a lesson in business with Donald Trump?

While most of these may seem out of reach for us, there is an avenue to gain their knowledge and help. Most of these people have blogs, podcasts, books and more to help you.

Here are few mentoring avenues you can explore while looking for success:

1. Books – This is my favorite, because I love to read. I love books, ebooks and magazines. Some of my favorites: The Bible, The Power of Positive Thinking, Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude, Financial Peace, Unlimited Power, Success Principles and Think Big. I’m currently reading Platform – Get Noticed in a Noisy World. If you don’t have the $20 or so, you can usually find them used on Amazon, or better yet, free at the library!

2. Blogs and podcasts – Most of the people you admire have podcasts, webcasts and interviews you can watch or listen to online. Almost all have blogs. Some of my favorites: Jack Canfield, Michael Hyatt, Dave Ramsey.

3. Courses – Many of the above people and some you may not have heard of yet have wonderful courses you can take and learn their “secrets” directly via their courses. Some of these are offered online, in DVD or CD form. I believe these courses are a little more in-depth than a book, or it may just solidify what you’ve read by seeing and hearing someone tell you what to do.

4. Conferences – If you have the money (or maybe I should say when you have the money – Think Positive!), attending a conference is a wonderful experience. I’m a writer and I cannot tell you the valuable information I have received at writer’s conferences over the years. Not only that, but you meet some wonderful individuals who are interested in the same things you are and want to help!

5. Coaches and Mentors – Again, if you have the money to spend on a personal coach, this is a great option. If you know someone who you would like to mentor you, it can’t hurt to ask. What’s the worst thing they could say? One thing on asking for someone to mentor you personally, it would help if you had a previous relationship with that person and not just introduce yourself and expect them to mentor you.

One of my former neighbor’s left his job to pursue his own entrepreneurial path. After at least 8 years of struggles, learning and a lot of experience, he was rewarded with huge success. A mutual friend, after seeing his success, asked him to meet with him and tell him step-by-step what to do to enjoy the same results and avoid his mistakes. I thought that was a little unfair and so did my neighbor.

Learning through experience is also a great teacher. Perhaps the best.

However, the right mentor can help you achieve your success faster than you ever imagined. Use everything at your disposal and though you may not have Tony Robbins, Jack Canfield or Dave Ramsey actually in your living room, you can have them as a mentor via their books, podcasts, blogs and courses.

Who is your favorite mentor?

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