The internet …
There's some amazing things about it. And some that aren't. And that's putting it mildly.
See, it's become a bit of a breeding ground for self-proclaimed business mentors.
You know the ones – they've never actually run a business outside of teaching other people how to run a business.
Mind = Blown.
At best, they're a little bit daft.
At worst, they're scam artists.
Anyway, these "gurus" remind me of a certain character in Game of Thrones.
(By the way, if you haven't seen it yet, you're missing out on one of life's greatest pleasures. Moving on …)
Now, I have to be honest …
I can't actually remember the guy's name. He was way back in season two and did not have a big role. But he was one of the rulers in a city called "Qarth".
Qarth was seen as one of the wonders of the world. It was beautiful. Exotic. And hot.
But the thing Quarth was most famous for was its wealth; It was one of the richest cities in Westeros (which, if you haven't lost your Game of Thrones virginity yet, is the name of the land where the show is set.)
But get this:
Throughout season two, this particular character fancies a woman called Khaleesi. (And trust me, you can't blame him!)
But Khaleesi was not interested. And so he then tried to woo her with gold and the promise of an army at her back. Still didn't work.
The poor guy was well and truly friend-zoned.
Anyway, Qarth had a mega-secure vault where they kept all the city's gold and other treasures. And it was mentioned throughout season 2.
But here's the kicker.
It turned out at the end of the season (and don't worry, this ain't a major spoiler), that there was actually …
NOTHING in the vault at all.
Qarth had been faking their wealth all along.
But the rest of the world still believed Quarth was minted.
And you know what?
This reminds me of a lot of online "business mentors".
Just like Qarth, they also pretend they're made of money. They pretend they're a powerhouse in the online world. They pretend that, if you hire them as a mentor, your business will change overnight.
Yet here's the thing:
Most of these "gurus" are like Qarth – Built on lies. Built on bullshit.
So what SHOULD you do when looking for a mentor?
Well, look for someone who has already done the things you want to achieve.
And, most importantly, make sure they've actually run a business other than coaching people how to run a business.
Personally, I believe I have the two best mentors in the world – Dan Meredith and Dexter Abraham
Two guys who are:
B) Have already achieved the things I want to achieve
C) Have run multiple successful businesses outside of coaching
D) They're geniuses.
There you have it.
Having a mentor is huge. The things I'm learning are mind-blowing.
But it has to be a good mentor.
If you pick the wrong one, then the only thing you'll get out of it is a huge whole in your wallet.