Over the years I’ve learned to not be easily impressed by what people show me on social media.
❌ That expensive car that people brag about – the one they sometimes can barely afford (but can afford to rent for a day for PR purposes).
❌ All the money screenshots they post mean nothing if they’ve helped no one except themselves.
❌ All the smiling selfies on the beach don’t always tell the whole story. Same with all the smiling selfies in front of “their” mansion (also easily rented for a PR stunt)
❌ That laptop lifestyle. Don’t even get me started here… who the hell takes a laptop to the beach… really now? Sand and laptops don’t mix! And who can read the screen in the blazing Sun?
When searching for a mentor you should ask yourself a few things:
✔ Have they actually helped people or only helped themselves?
✔ Do they actually add value or just brag about how much money they make daily?
✔ Do they represent your core values and beliefs?
People easily get impressed by money screenshots which can be faked very easily in Photoshop by the way (or in other ways), or what people buy.
Here’s a demo video showing the shocking truth about how veteran internet marketer Gobala Krishnan can get $1.5 million – or any amount he wants – to show up daily in his JVZoo account.
Don’t worry, Gobala is an honest marketer who’s always ethically earned income online by selling useful products and services. His intention was not to mislead anyone. In the video he shows how easy it is to modify the values on a page by using the “Inspect Element” tool in Google Chrome. And it’s easy to take a screenshot of the results.
Someone else’s lifestyle doesn’t help you one bit. What matters is: will they actually help you?
When I started out, there were very few criteria for selecting a mentor. Someone who seemed to know more about a topic was pretty much it.
But, over time, I came across so-called “mentors” and “gurus” who didn’t live up to that description for a number of reasons.
So, with experience, I became more picky about the people I chose to learn from.
The mentors I’ve selected over later years had qualities I valued like:
✔ They care about their customers.
✔ The ability to teach me to level up my thinking in my personal life and business (they go hand-in-hand).
✔ They were a family person and very balanced in their personal life which is something I wanted for myself.
✔ They were motivated by impacting others more than how much money they make for themselves.
✔ They were very direct, didn’t sugar coat things and will call me out on my BS. This forced me to constantly play big and stop making excuses (which is so easy to do).
By surrounding myself with people like this, their beliefs, values and morals rubbed off on me.
So when looking for someone to learn from, don’t look for anyone who posts money screenshots on social media. This is not helpful at all.
Make sure they’re generally a good person and can help you level up in your life.
At different points in your life you will need different business mentors to teach you different business and life skills.
I will always have a mentor in my life to keep helping me level up to become a better person. Currently my mentor is Zach Crawford (see below).
The final note I want to touch on here is never sign up to mentoring programs with the attitude of “help me!”.
Never expect your mentor to do the work, to constantly motivate you and make you feel good.
A real mentor will not tolerate your small minded thinking, they will call you out when you make excuses and they will expect you to go full out to your full potential.
Someone who just posts cute quotes and makes you feel good in the moment is not a mentor.
Motivation is very short lived. You want to surround yourself with coaching mentoring that will push you to grow up, level up and take action to reach the goals you set for yourself.
I remember one time when I hit a wall and went to my then mentor pleading for help.
I said “But Adam, I don’t know how to do XYZ tech thing”.
He said “Gary, you know how to use Google and Youtube and how to buy a course to learn, right?”.
What he taught me is that successful people don’t make excuses; they always do the adult thing and find a way to solve the problem they’re facing. They’re self-reliant and self-motivated and take responsibility for their own actions or lack of them.
Find a mentor who will help you level up. It’s the best investment you will ever make. ?
Here are some mentors I can recommend from personal experience:
Zach Crawford – teaches affiliate marketing. He focuses on list building, email marketing and using funnels to collect leads and subscribers. He has a free introductory web class here. He’s a straight-talking guy who’s made a couple of million dollars through affiliate marketing. His students love him because he interacts with them every day, offering advice and answering questions.
Spencer Mecham – he’s in the enviable position of being Clickfunnels®’ #1 affiliate in 2018. He earned over $1,000,000 in commissions (not sales). He’s also won several Dream Cars there as well. He has a free web class here where he talks about this and how he achieved it along with a case study on how he made $10,000 in 30 days. He also has a free affiliate marketing course here. He too interacts daily with his students.
Anthony Morrison – he’s been an internet marketer since the mid-2000’s and is the author of the best-selling “The Hidden Millionaire” book. He has created a wide range of courses and products in that time and his Partner With Anthony program is the latest, where he shows, step-by-step, how to build a thriving online business while leveraging his assets.
Kyle and Carson – these two guys created the Wealthy Affiliate training platform which teaches the “affiliate marketing through blogging” model. Their course is the most comprehensive available on this model and is constantly being updated. There’s a thriving community where it’s all about helping other members. Hands-down, it’s the best course available for this business model. They also provide free webhosting for up to 50 websites for their members.
Justin Atlan and Clickbank University Team – There are a number of training courses that claim to teach you how to make money with Clickbank. This course, however, is created by Clickbank themselves and is run by the Top Marketers in the Clickbank community. They have access to all the internal Clickbank stats to know what’s selling, why and how affiliates can capitalize by sharing this information with affiliates.
Sarah Staar – she’s one of the UK’s most successful affiliate marketers. She’s created a number of courses that cover topics like list building, creating videos for YouTube and YouTube Ads, Outsourcing, getting traffic and many more. Her products are listed here. She has some free courses available: Drive Traffic From YouTube, 101 Ways To Get Free Traffic, How To Sell Affiliate Products, Niche Profit Class and her List Building Webclass.
Jim Cockrum – he teaches how to sell on Amazon rather than affiliate marketing. Jim has the best course on being an Amazon Seller and you get access to dozens of other courses (see here) as well at no extra cost. He puts his customers first, support is firts-rate and his goal is to help people build successful online businesses. He runs a regular podcast as well where he interviews students and coaches about various aspects of online business.
John Thornhill – teaches something he’s been doing successfully since 2004 and teaching since 2005 – product creation. However, his free webinar has a unique twist as it provides a solution where the attendees can license his products to create the ultimate sales funnel in under 30 minutes that helps build their list while generating an affiliate income at the same time. In fact, I recently signed up for this program and have been documenting my progress with it starting with this post.
These are other mentors I have no direct experience with (and haven’t signed up for their courses), but they have been recommended by others I trust:
Robby Blanchard – is Clickbank’s #1 affiliate. He has some free video training where he talks about how easy it is to earn money online promoting Clickbank products from the comfort of your own home.
Here’s Robby being interviewed by Justin Atlan of Clickbank University:
John Crestani – has a training course designed to help you create a successful affiliate marketing business that generates you a sizeable income month after month. His goal is to help you make $2,500 a week. He discusses all this is his free webinar.
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