By Lamin Turay
We've all heard it by now, "If you want to succeed as an entrepreneur, you're going to need a mentor!" It's a phrase that those who are determined to being successful know all to well. It's also extremely sound advice. There's no substitute for experience, and reaching out to your network to find someone who can guide you along your journey is extremely helpful. A mentor is someone you can meet with face-to-face, or call on a regular basis and share your most important questions, thoughts, and goals with. In turn, that person will provide you with honest feedback, which has been derived from their many years of going through the same challenges you currently are. This type of interaction is invaluable.
But why limit yourself to just mentors that you know. The world we now live in is bursting at the seems with knowledgeable individuals. There are literally tens of thousands of successful entrepreneurs, business leaders, gurus, and innovators who are willing to share their wisdom with those who seek it. This wisdom is only the click of a mouse or the touch of a tablet away. By establishing a "Virtual Mentor" using online platforms, you can give yourself even more of a leg up on your path to building a successful business. Platforms like YouTube, iTunes, Audible, and even SoundCloud are packed with incredibly useful information about how to succeed in the modern world of entrepreneurship. You need only search for the topics in which you are looking to self-educate, and filter for the content providers with the highest levels of engagement (likes, views, listens, downloads...etc.).
Incorporating a Virtual Mentor into your regular self-education schedule will undoubtedly provide you with a knowledge upgrade and another outlet for learning about the latest trends in your space. When it comes to the world of entrepreneurship there are hundreds to choose from, but we've narrowed down a couple form our favorite platform (YouTube) that can help you get started
If you're interested in entrepreneurship, and you haven't heard of Gary Vaynerchuck by now, then we are incredibly happy to make the introduction. GaryVee, as many have come to call him, is the fastest rising star in the world of content creation about the hustle, grind, and dedication it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. His DailyVee and #AskGaryVee video series are some of the most intriguing pieces of content on the web. He's interacted with, and provided advice to people of all walks of life. From world-famous musicians to Fortune 500 CEOs, GaryVee has talked shop with them all. He's a must add to your list.
Evan Carmichael is a technology and web development professional who began creating content about entrepreneurship and success a few years ago. He now has just under half a million subscribers on YouTube and produces some of the most poignant videos around. His "Top 10 Rules For Success" series are entertaining and inspirational videos in which you can learn the thought process of some of today's most successful public figures.
Addicted2Success is a platform very similar to Maveriqs Academy, but with years and years worth of content to sink your teeth into. They have dozens of videos, eBook, seminars and articles about navigating the challenging waters on your path to success. Their content is also widespread when it comes to topics. So you know you can find something useful each time you visit their channel. We highly recommend you adding them to your subscription list on YouTube.
Those are just a couple of our favorite YouTube-based Virtual Mentors. Can you think of any more? What about other platforms? Would you like us to point out some of the best Virtual Mentors on the iTunes Store or Audible?Let us know your thoughts and feedback in the comments below.