How to find a mentor

Rob Liu

Rob Liu,
Founder ContactOut

3 mins read

Find a mentor. No matter what you’re trying to achieve, there are 7 billion people in the world and there are people out there who have done similar things to what you’re attempting to do. Find these people on Linkedin and ask for their mentorship. Ask people who are not your direct competitors, people in a different geography or who have moved onto something else. You’d be surprised at how many people respond. I got around a 30% response rate. Here’s a “find a mentor” email that I sent.

Hi John,

I am Rob, an Australian tech entrepreneur We’re building a recruitment tool similar to Connectifier but targeting the Australian and UK markets.

I would greatly appreciate your mentorship and advice on growth and how to do sales for recruitment tools, and any insights you’ve gained from your experience at Connectifier.

Would you be free for a brief chat on Skype? Happy to send you $500 for your time.

Kind Regards, Rob Liu

John was previously VP Marketing at Connectifier, a competitor whose business model I was trying to copy. John came on board as an advisor and helped me add over one million dollars in value to my business. It all started with a “find a mentor” email.

When emailing, bribe people. Offer them $500 to talk to you. This makes it look like you’re serious about your request and respectful of their time. Most mentors are rich already and won’t accept your money. For people who do accept your money, don’t bother talking with them. Because if they need $500, then they’re probably not very successful, and would make a crappy mentor.

After reading, researching, finding mentors, you’ll still have to figure out a lot of the journey by yourself. You’re aiming to do something great and that involves blazing a path into the unknown. It’s like playing soccer. You can read all about soccer tactics, you can practice dribbling, practice kicking. But if you want to get good at soccer, you need to get out onto the field and play the game. Think for yourself, follow your heart, and take action.


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Do it or don’t do it.

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You shame the angels who watch over you and you spite the Almighty, who created you and only you with your unique gifts, for the sole purpose of nudging the human race one millimeter farther along its path back to God.

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