Working online can be hard … darned hard. None of us are prepared for the confusion, isolation and disappointment faced when working online. Especially if you are new to working online.
This is why many people seek a mentor, or coach to help them along the way. The instinct to reach out for help is the right one. After all, why reinvent the wheel when you can work with someone who has “been there and done that” and can help guide you.
Finding the right person is not always easy.
I believe there are five keys that will help you find the right person for you:
1 – Actual Personal Experience
Their advice needs to be based on actual experience.
This is a must and why I made it number one.
You don’t want to be mentored by someone who has an idea of what might
work, or took a course, or read a book. Often times they’re just restating what they heard and reselling it to you as their own idea.
Not long ago I spoke to a guy who wanted to promote a website that taught a particular system and I asked him ” Have you made any money with this company and are you sure it works?” “Oh no, this is just an idea of what I think will work.”
He was planning on charging people money for an idea he had of what he thought might work! I respectfully declined to work with him.
A mentor with experience can point to their own success.
They can prove they’ve done what they teach and they have a reputation to back it up.
2 – Answers to YOUR Questions
You simply must have a way to get your questions answered!
Actually, you deserve to have your individual questions answered, even if they are “newbie” questions.
This is very, very important. No matter how good your mentor is, or how good his or her system, school, course or academy is, you will have questions that are specific to your situation.
That’s why every mentoring relationship needs to include a way for you to get your specific questions answered.
Not sending you to a knowledge base or asking you to buy a product, but
answering the specific question or concern you have about the business.
3 – A Comprehensive Solution
A successful mentoring relationship offers a comprehensive solution.
Have you ever heard the saying that when all you have is a hammer, every
problem looks like a nail? Some mentors are like that.
All they know is pay per click or some kind of paid advertising or blogging. They are experts in this area and that’s a good thing, but they are limited.
The answers they give you is to buy more pay per click or blog more often. That doesn’t always work for every person. It’s hard to find someone with well-rounded experience.
The internet and working a business online is still relatively new. The good news it is can be done! BOTH ONLINE AND OFFLINE!
It is well worth your time and effort to find the right person.
Someone with deep experience across the board.
4 – Their Knowledge Is Current
You want to work with someone who stays current.
What you really want is someone who is ahead of the curve and that person can be hard to find.
The last thing you want is to pay your mentor money and then find out
they’re not knowledgeable about what’s working today.
While no one can know everything, your mentor should be familiar with what’s working now!
You should be able to see by the way they conduct their own business
that they are using best practices and up to date methods.
If they are not, and you want to work with them, they should be willing to test a new idea for you (AT THE MENTOR’S EXPENSE) and report back.
After all, they have tools, resources and experience you don’t have.
They should be willing to apply those on your behalf and report back.
You might not find a person that absolutely knows everything about everything, but it is reasonable to fine someone who is familiar with what is working now and has current knowledge.
5 – A Proven Path Forward
This is important.
Your objective is to go from where you are now to where you want to be in
the least amount of time.
That’s going to take working with a person who can see where you are now, understand that, and help you make that proven path forward.
If your mentor can’t provide a specific action plan based on where you are
now then you may have the wrong person.
An effective mentor will consider your needs.
Factors to Consider:
• Your age.
• Your experience.
• Your goals.
• Your budget of time.
• Your budget of money.
• What do you want to do.
• What you like to do.
• What you are willing to learn and do.
A good mentor (or coach or consultant) will factor in all these things before he or she makes a suggestion.
They will make specific suggestions about how his or her knowledge and
resources can fit your needs.
After all, THIS IS ABOUT YOU, not about them.
Do you really need a mentor to succeed online? Only you can know.
If you are not achieving your goals now, or you are confused about your options and what to do next, ONPASSIVE and THE ONPASSIVE NATION TEAM can help you get on the right track.
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