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Mentoring Pays Off Big

Jan 16, 2008
Have you spent countless hours reading books about internet marketing and still find that you don't know where to get started? If this is you, what do you think you should do?

Maybe you have thought about coaching for your internet business, but haven't made a decision on whether or not to pursue it. To put this into perspective, think about learning golf. This is an individual sport where the participant succeeds or fails based on their own skill level. So if you wanted to learn how to play golf, how would you get started?

Would pick up a set of clubs, go out to the golf course, and expect to play a great game of golf the first time out? Would you sign up for some beginning golf lessons first? Which way do you think would help you learn golf quicker?

Think about your internet business the same way. Do you think that you can just pick up a set of e-books, read about the business, and then be successful on your own? It takes more than that.

Part of the entrepreneur spirit is the challenge of doing things for yourself. But is that in your business' best interest? People feel that if they seek help from an experienced, successful person, they will look stupid or that everything that they are currently doing could be wrong. Would you prefer to take that risk of looking "stupid" for the short term and ask for help and be rich or is keeping your "stupid questions" to yourself more important to your pride?

An important note here. From a mentor/s perspective, there is no such thing as a "stupid question". There are only unasked questions. Don't be afraid to search out answers to your questions. Don't be afraid to speak up and ask for help. So who do you go to for help? An internet business mentor may be one of the best investments you can make in your business. A mentor can help you compete in the large internet world by helping you create a unique vision focus. A mentor can help you be seen as the only option in your niche. A good mentor will know that there is no cookie cutter approach to helping their mentee. Each case is individual and should be treated as such.

So, you have decided it's time to find your mentor and business coach. What makes a good mentor? How can you tell they are right for you? There are a few things to look for.

1. Knowledge -- Do they know what they're doing? Can they give real life examples of their success? If not continue looking.

2. Honesty -- Do you feel they are telling you what you want to hear, or are they being straightforward, even brutally honest, because they are trying to help you for the long term?

3. Dependability -- How long does it take for them to reply to your emails? Do they get back to you within a few hours, 24 hours, or does it take days?

4. Relevance -- Is there information new or has it be recycled? Make sure that the program that you put together with your mentor is well structured, up to date, and will personally help at each step.

5. Service -- Are they the only mentor or do they have the resources to find someone with the expertise to help you. No mentor has all the answers and having other resources to rely on speaks that they are looking out for the customer first, not just themselves.

If you want to get your own private mentor, make sure you check them out before investing your money and then invest your time into learning as much as possible. Take advantage of the opportunity you have paid for. Ask questions, learn, and then apply what you learn - you won't regret it.
About the Author
Frank Terranova is President and a professional coach for Mastermind Pros (http://www.mastermindpros.com). Mastermind Pros coaching will show you how to make an income using affiliate marketing techniques through live, interactive daily conferences. Let us guide you on the path to online success.
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