How To Find A Mentor (My Experience)

There are three types of mentorship, but your choice in mentors depend on what you need in your life and what is right for your life situation.

Reading books

The first type of mentorship is reading books by entrepreneurs and people who have made it before you and have written down everything they have accomplished in life detailing how they accomplished it.

There are advantages and disadvantages to reading. It is not the most efficient type of mentorship because you spend a lot of your time reading for a book that was written for a relatively wide audience. You are getting the lowest amount of results out of the three types of mentorship. Books are very cheap, so you do not have to spend too much money, but the books are not flexible – the book is about what it is about and that is it. The book will tell you just what the author wants to say and that is the way it is.

Find a mentor or coach

The second type of mentorship is getting coached. If you want to be good at business then you should get a business coach. The benefit is that the results you get are astronomically higher than what you would have gotten from reading a book. A lot of the most successful people I know go from getting coached by a mentor, coach, or specialist, and adjust their message to you. Results are higher, flexibility is higher, but the cost is higher too. Overall, this is the best solution for most people.

Work under someone who has been successful

The third type of mentorship is to actually work with someone by either getting a job under someone else, or by taking a free or low-paid internship position. The agreement is that you will be taught a lot and be able to replicate the employer’s results in exchange for spending your time to help them with their things by doing what they say to do.

The disadvantage is low flexibility. They are going to teach you what they are going to teach you without tailoring the message much to you and your needs. Sometimes this costs a lot of money, or is free, but you are stuck in the position typically because this is what a job is. Companies will most likely not teach you how to run a business or give a broad overview unless you spend a long time at the company.

I have tried all three of these up to a point and know you get books by buying them, you find a business mentor by going out and finding a business mentor that is right for you and knows how to successfully run the type of business you want to run. They also need to know how to mentor someone and teach this information because just because you are good at something does not mean you are good at teaching it and tailoring it to people. They need results, they need to prove that their students have results, and they need a community behind them who are raving fans. The third type of mentorship of getting a job or internship is found by not only working for cheap or free, but also making sure you are getting taught as much as possible.

These are the three types of mentorships and how to get them. Be sure to try them all but choose the ones that work for you best.

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