But the question everyone needs to ask is where do you actually start finding these great people?
With that in mind, here are three tried-and-true places to find long-lasting mentors that can change your life for the better.
HOT SPOT #1) While a mentor is commonly thought of as someone you interact with one-on-one in a live setting, a mentor or coach can also be a book, CD or course where you get access to an expert in some topic.
For me, that was HUGE just starting out, since I had no name recognition (or big accomplishments in business) to bend someone's ear.
One thing to remember when looking for a mentor is that you're asking THEM to make a time investment. Which means you must show you're actually worth the time you want them to take (versus the majority of people who can talk a good game, but who don't take action).
By investing in their resources first -- and taking action -- you show them you are serious about the commitment needed.
HOT SPOT #2) Another great place to find mentors is via live events. If there's a certain expert you want to learn from, he or she most likely hosts live training events. This not only puts you closer to the expert, but also helps you network with other like-minded people in your situation.
In many cases, you'll make new long-term friends at these events...people who will support you (and vice versa) for years to come!
The key with using this method is you should expect to attend several events. You must show growth, action and accomplishment from one event to the next. That's the main way people will believe in your investment toward your goals.
HOT SPOT #3) Once you've shown a serious level of commitment, you'll want to pursue a mastermind group or coaching program.
I'll be honest -- some are hit or miss (and you should cut bait as soon as an association is dragging you down). But if you do your homework right, you can end up in a room with some people who are top notch players...which puts you closer to a mentoring relationship with the "expert" (who many times will facilitate the event). However, it also puts you in direct contact with other men and women of action.
Often times you'll find a mentor (or partnership) from the other people in the room. In fact going through these steps will be more than just financial success to you. It results in great friendships with many people.
Now keep in mind, a mentor does NOT have to be someone who is a "big name" either -- just someone who can help you get to where you need to go. There are millions of people out there who are more successful than you and me...and who would be willing to give back and help someone else.
Personally, I went through the exact same progression above. I bought everything I could get my hands on and started going to live events. In fact two of my very close friends, Yanik Silver and Jim Edwards, started out as people I just bought products from. Then they saw me at live events and saw me taking action.
Next I moved into a mastermind program...and now, years later, I'm great friends and business partners with them. We've gone on trips together, hung out with each others families, and have worked together for years.
A lot of this happens because you take action, get results and make sure your future mentors are aware of it. That's key!
By the way, sometimes a mentor relationship starts from simply writing a letter or getting a meeting with someone and asking for the help. Yes, it can be that simple!
Many people don't ASK for, TAKE ACTION on and PERSEVERE for what they want -- that's one of the big "secrets" to making it happen.
Copyright (c) 2008 Chris Zavadowski