21 May 2009

Why a Having a Mentor is Important in Network Marketing

I struggled in network marketing like many people prior to meeting my current mentor. I was lucky to develop a relationship is a man who had been successful in this industry for 42 years. Not a bad person to learn from. Meeting him totally changed the course of my network marketing career in ways unimagined just a few years ago. Granted, he does not use social media and the internet in the manner that I have come to value and appreciate. But in that, I now have things to teach him as well...in many ways an ideal relationship.

Having a mentor is like having a guide through a series of map-less caverns. You could spend a lot of time exploring the maze of caverns, learning as you go and ultimately finding the correct passages and directions. With the proper guide, you could experience all the beauty and intricacies of the underground labrynth while also maximizing your pleasure and arriving more easily at the destination you desire.

Network marketing, especially using the online world of social media and internet marketing, can quickly become very overwhelming and confusing. Many programs offer you a map or at least a guideline of sorts. But still, when people eventually contact me for help they are often quite taxed and on the verge of giving up. Having a mentor helps you avoid this situation. A good mentor will take you through the steps that have enabled them to become successful and will also take the time to listen to where you want to go and what methods you feel most comfortable using in your journey.

There are many ways to find a mentor. My recommendation is to read what people write online and get in contact with those who you resonate with. You can find individuals who coach and mentor people in small groups or personally. There are also mentoring programs run by some of the more well-known "gurus" in the industry. These are usually quite expensive, but could be well worth it depending on who provides the education, the time frame and what you get for your money. Once I answered an ad for mentoring by Robert Allen. After a very long "interview" by an associate, I was then told to pay $10,000 or I would never have the success I was looking for. Please do not fall for something like that. There are good programs for a tenth of that, run by more scrupulous people with fair ethics and excellent information to share.

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