My Top 10 online business mentors
By Steve Beedie
1. Frank Kern
Who can deny the top spot to Mr Frank Kern. Without a doubt he has inspired me more to become a great marketer. He never said he would make me money. He never promised anything he couldn’t do. And he never tried to be anything he wasn’t. Frank has always been a great influence to me. Back in 2005 when I was straight out of the army he was the first person I ever found when I started this journey. Way back before web 2.0 and all that stuff I was struggling to start a new life. Along came this long haired dude who spoke like Matthew McConaughey and behaved like a real person. Well real as in he wasn’t trying to be my “friend” just to get in my wallet. I couldn’t afford his products at the time and so I watched his videos and read his emails and articles and when ever he launched a new product I would take notes for hours! His free stuff was better than most “gurus” stuff that was out there! So today when Frank shares his wisdom I still take notes. I think I always will. Frank keeps it real, raw, and really funny.
Chris was such an easy person to like. He never asked me to buy his material he simply gave me loads of ideas to implement while I was struggling with the technical side of things. After building my trust and then a friendship Chris was my first Mentor. I became (and still am) part of his membership site. A true marketers resource in my mind. I then purchased his mentor-ship product which totally changed my marketing ideas and brought me to a new level. Chris really helped me to believe in my ability to tackle the complicated things about marketing and website wizardry. I am and always will be a loyal fan.
I am a massive reader and love to take time to read a good book. (I average about 40 a year) so when Life’s Golden Ticket was released I knew it would be good! But to my pleasant surprise I became a massive fan of Brendons’ message and his online videos were a game changer for me. They we’re the type I wanted to do. His total energy and drive fuelled my own ambition and desire to make a difference to peoples lives and I continue to speak in public and use simple video web pages to deliver my own messages. I also believe he is a world leader and his efforts to help bring a more inspired message to people is something we can all aim to learn from. Thanks Brendon.
Rich Schefrens e-books were such a helpful tool for understanding how to impact your business and also your idea about business in the 21st century. (if you haven’t read them what have you been doing) I loved how he took a massive problem and gave it a simple solution. I have used Rich’ ideas in my offline efforts and they really help my customers to get a huge boost in value. Rich really helps you to believe that you are a true entrepreneur and not just a website owner. This idea that because we own a website makes us business owners is a killer for so many of us marketers. After reading his e-books I knew my thinking had to change, forever.
Jason is such a nice guy. He is so down to earth and friendly but he knows his Shit. Jason came into my marketing life when I was struggling. I had achieved a massive goal I my life and had became a bit stagnant. My flow was ebbing and my chi was not erm “cheeing”. So I was browsing around and decided to think outside the box. I found a video of Jason talking at mass control and thought what they hell. After 10 seconds I was hooked. He captivated my attention and helped me remember that “cant” is not a word I am used to using! I had been stuck in a rut of my own creation and realised I had all the answers I needed. I just had to stop thinking and using my excuses. I then got to know Jason more and ended up becoming part of one of his groups. He is a real honest cool person.
John Reese is a legend. Not because he interviewed Tony Robbins but because he made me understand that it must all start from the desire to make that first $1. The idea that if you make just one dollar your mindset will change forever! Using the internet to make money is an often hard road for many people who are not used to it! So believing you can make $1m has to start with $1 dollar first! His ideas really brought it home to me. Get that first pebble moving. Keep it real and keep it simple! I was trying to complicate everything! Get this perfect and that perfect. Not focusing on the real stuff kept me from doing anything until I watched him describe how to start from a place of simplicity. John thanks for that!
Rosh is such a nice man. His shift from a doctor to an online marketer is proof that you can change and become what you desire to be. His ideas of social media are so cool and innovative they have been received from world leaders such as Jack Canfield and are very current. The markets are changing so fast and Rosh used this to his advantage to create one of the most impressive social media companies out there. But you would be mistaken if you thought he wasn’t a man to take time to share his thoughts and ideas and also just take time to chat to you about anything and everything! He really gets it when it comes to building a relationship. He is a good friend and always helps to watch and learn from him!
Jo is by far my favourite lady on the internet. Her rise to a social media leader is one worth watching. Another fellow student of Chris Farrell Jo is proof that if you dedicate your self to learning and skill development you can achieve massive results. Jo is very nice and friendly no matter what your query. She is a very busy girl and still finds the time to bring us a world of cool ideas and products that really help you. Jo is one to watch. She has been a real gem when it comes to learning and harnessing the facebook game and also other social tools. Without her many people would be lost in a media mess. Thanks Jo
John is one of my favourite people online. He is such a bad ass dude who plays guitar and lives life by his own rules. His amazing copy writing skill is world class. I have learned so much from him through out the last few years. As a word smith myself (author) I agree with his ideas that not writing to make money but writing to make a difference in peoples lives is what matters. Johns work always helps before anything else! He has such a genuine care for people and it shows. He keeps things simple yet he gives you complex things to think about while bringing the best out of you. There are not many people out there in the market who are like this. With so many people trying to take he is one of the few who gives! A true gent!
Mike is one in a million. He isn’t just a cool marketing genius but he is a real person who wants to make a genuine difference to the people of this world. His plans for using renewable resources in his own life and the lives of others in very brave! He brings a fresh approach to online business that not many can bring. He always makes it fun and easy to learn. He involves other people all the time in his efforts to show us how to accomplish things and he even brings his wife who is just as friendly into the videos he shares which I totally respect. Mike is a real visionary and he will be for years to come. Thanks Mike for helping to pave the way for us!
So this is my top ten! I know there are many more “gurus” out there who I could have placed in my list but these are the people who inspire me the most. They are the people who don’t just spek to me when my wallet is open but when my guard is open! They invited me in to their little worlds of Non-marketing stuff and shared time with me! Shared ideas about what cool books to read (not business books, just normal stuff worth reading for fun)
These are my mentors and my friends. They are people to me not leaders who I only like to listen to when they are describing the new thing or new idea. They are who I like to listen to when I am bored and just browsing online for fun! They share what they are doing and what is going on in their lives and it’s cool to hang out with them!
Of course I might not be a world class leader right now in the sense of “guru” leader but I know one day I will find my way just as these leaders have! It’s not a question of “Will I?” you become who you surround yourself with in this world. And I believe I am around great people!
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