I’ve mentioned this on more than one occasion, I have never really had a mentor. I’ve never really had anyone I could call on to ask advice and I also find it difficult to meet people to build with and network. The mentoring aspect has more to do with where I live. Memphis is a blue collar town and the majority of people here are not risk takers. They tell their kids to go to college and get a good job. While there are a million lawn service guys and wing shops in Memphis, other aspects of entrepreneurship are hard to come by, so there aren’t many people to speak with (which may not be true). What is even more profound is that while I am more than willing to share my shortcomings and failures with other people (because I know it will help them in the long run) people here love to look the part, but they will not share with you how well or how poorly they are doing (This is definitely true).
In regard to networking, I enjoy my time with my family so when I’m done working on my business, I go home. There are a lot of networking events in Memphis and when you attend them it appears that good things happen: You get interviewed for newspapers, and placed on television. I have a very active business and I’m always out working on the business so I often don’t feel like going to talk with people who look the part, but don’t really have anything going. (This is my biggest flaw, arrogance and thinking that other people aren’t doing the work. I realize this and I’m working on going to more events locally).
As it stands I don’t have any real (people I can actually see and call) mentors. I have created a series of what I call virtual mentors (Which I’m starting to feel are actually really good mentors). I watch television shows like The Profit, Shark Tank, Restaurant Impossible and a host of other business related shows. What I’ve recently started doing is watching web series. One of the most important virtual mentors I have is Paul C. Brunson. (Take a few minutes to get to know Paul by clicking his name.) This post is based on a blog he featured on his site. I simply wanted to share part of it here and then give you the ability to click on the link and read the complete article yourself.
Excerpt from Paul C. Brunson:
I had the opportunity to work with both Oprah and Enver for 6 years collectively and those were, hands down, the best professional experiences of my life. I worked my ass off for them and in doing so absorbed everything I could.
It’s my honor to share with you what I learned from them. Here is Part 1 of the 20 successful habits I learned working for two billionaires:
1) Invest in Yourself
This is a very simple concept, but something you would think someone who has “made it” would stop doing. Not at all for these two. I saw them both spend a significant amount of time dedicating their resources to self-development (whether it be a new language, exercise, social media classes, etc). The moment you stop investing in yourself is the moment you have written off future dividends in life.
Visit the site and read Part 1 of the:
then take the time to read Part 2:
After reading those, take the time to check out Paul’s book on Amazon: