Why You Want a Mentor

Kathy Robbins Paula Pritchard

Webster’s defines a mentor as a “wise advisor, a teacher or coach.” How important is it to find a mentor? Can you be successful without one? I am sure you can be successful without a mentor, but don’t discount the importance of a mentor. A good mentor can shorten your trip to success and keep you in the game when times get tough. As I look back on my life, aside from my parents, there were three people who made the difference in the direction my life took, and without them I am not sure I would have achieved the same success.

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When I left high school teaching and entered the investment business, the gentleman who was the office manager at the time became my mentor. He was the most successful person in that office and I realized quickly that if I could do what he did, I could have the same success. Jerry was a great mentor. He encouraged me and when necessary gave me the constructive criticism I needed. He taught me the investment business, but more important, he taught me that I could do whatever I put my mind to. He also led me to mentor number two. I will tell you about him later.

What I made a decision it was time to leave the investment business for network marketing, I found mentor number three. This time, it was Paula Pritchard (pictured above). Paula was already very successful in network marketing and was willing to teach and encourage me. Again, just as I had with Jerry, I did what she told me to do and achieved the success I was seeking.

What did these two people have in common? Jerry and Paula were both successful in the business that I was attempting to learn. Both were good teachers and willing to take the time to work one-on-one with me to help me achieve success. Both were as interested in my success as they were in their own. I chose them because they had a track record of success and they led by example. They never asked me to do anything they were not also willing to do.

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What if there is no one in your upline who has had success, is willing to teach you, or leads by example? Where do you find a mentor? That brings me to my mentor number two.

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My second mentor was not someone I knew personally. In fact, I never met him. He, however, had as great an effect on me as almost anyone else in my life. This person’s influence came through his personal development audio trainings. He was Jim Rohn. The day I completed my paperwork to join the investment business, Jerry handed me two cassette series. One was Jim Rohn’s Seven Secrets of Wealth and Happiness and the second was Brian Tracy’s The Psychology of Achievement. While Brian Tracy’s series gave me information I have used through the years, Jim Rohn’s series completely transformed my life. It put me on a track of personal development and growth that continues till today, 20 years later.

I encourage you to look for a mentor. Begin with your sponsor and upline. Look for someone who has already been successful, who is a willing to teach you, who does what they tell you to do, and who has business practices and ethics with which you are comfortable. If there is no one in your upline with these characteristics, look elsewhere in your company. You may not get personal one-on-one attention from someone outside your line of sponsorship, but you can still learn from them. If you cannot find someone to work with in your company, then you will need to look elsewhere. Find a network marketing trainer whose credentials you can check and who has a good reputation. Use them as your mentor until you find someone you can work with more closely.

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A mentor is a light in the darkness, an arm around your shoulder when things aren’t going well, the kick in your rear when you deserve it, and a pat on the back when you have achieved your goals.


Kathy RobbinsKathy Robbins had been a successful financial planner and investment professional when she discovered network marketing. Kathy quickly made it to the top in her company and left the investment industry to become a full-time networker. Her success at the corporate level as well as in the field make her a valuable consultant to network companies in the areas of operations, sales and marketing, and expansion.



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