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How to Find a Mentor

Are you looking for a mentor?
 

If so, I have a few tips that will help you develop one of the most important relationships of your life. But before we get to those tips, I want to explain a few mistakes I see people make when seeking mentorship.
 

First.

Walking up to someone, a total stranger, and asking them to mentor you is the equivalent of cyber stalking someone online and when you meet them in person, asking them to be your boyfriend (or girlfriend). It’s creepy. Don’t do it.
 

Second.

Asking someone to take you under their wing and teach you EVERYTHING they know without you having studied the industry yourself is not okay to do. It’s soul sucking. And no one likes a energy vampire.
 

And third.

Not having anything to bring to the table in your relationship with the mentor is a big no no. Be an asset. Not a liability.
 

So here’s how I’ve been able to get some amazing mentors that took my business and life to the next level:
 

1. I’ve said before and I’ll say it again…DO THE WORK. Write the book, create your website, build the brand. Have something to SHOW your potential mentor that working with you is going to be easy because you’re someone who implements whats being taught.
 

My biggest fear as a mentor is spending a lot of time with someone who is going to get my advice, wisdom, and resources and do absolutely nothing with it. Now? I make sure that my mentees are go getters and action oriented. If they aren’t, we’re not a good fit. Period.
 

2. Don’t ask a stranger to be your mentor. Take some time to court the person you’re interested in. Walk up to them with a short elevator pitch about your mission/purpose and ask them their advice about what they’d do if they were in the same situation as you. They’ll give you a great answer.
 

Then tell them that you’re going to do exactly what they suggested and how you’d LOVE their email address so that you can tell them how everything turned out. Nine times out of ten, they’ll give it to you.
 

3. Never ask someone if you can “pick their brain.” Is the advice that you’re seeking from them something that they do for a living? If so, show them that you’re interested by investing into one of their programs. Send them an email letting them know what results you got after implementing what they taught and thank them.
 

Statistics show that people don’t normally value what they receive for free (and this goes for anything, including relationships;). So it’s not so much about the money as it is about the fact that you’re showing your potential mentor that you’re 100% serious and DEDICATED to moving forward.
 

Also, be an asset to them. Have you done your research on the mentor of your dreams and have any suggestions on how to make their life easier?
 

If so, offer your help. That way it’s a give and take and the person will open up to you more because you’re quickly becoming an acquaintance.
 

4. Don’t get upset when you ask and they say no. You’re not the only person who asked. Believe me. There were most likely 1,969 people who asked before you and you can’t say yes to most of them.
 

I’ve never asked anyone to become my mentor. I worked my butt off and studied every industry I wanted to be a part of. I DID THE WORK. That way, by the time I met the VERY successful women I wanted to study under, I was able to show them that I was prepared.
 

Be Brave,

xo

Tiphani
 

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