Now that you know a successful mentorship is established on the grounding of mutual winning, let’s talk about how to approach your dream list mentors.
Nope, I am not talking about normal mentors.
I am talking about the kind of A-list achievers who are light years ahead of you and those you admire the most.
People like Donald Trump, Richard Branson, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Jack Ma, Tony Robbins, Oprah, Sara Blakely, Beyoncé, Melinda Gates, Arianna Huffington, Tory Burch, Christine Lagarde etc.
It takes guts and balls to reach out to these people but it’s definitely possible.
Here’s a quick little-known story.
When Facebook was still a nobody startup social network company that’s far less well-known than MySpace, Mark Zuckerberg decided he wanted developers to build apps on the platform.
He sought help from his “ordinary” mentor, who got him contacts of people who had built similar platform in the past. But Zuckerberg was ambitious (and crazy), he said “No, I am actually thinking more along the lines of Bill Gates.”
Not too surprisingly, his “ordinary” mentor laughed at him for being unrealistic.
The funny thing is that next day when his “ordinary” mentor walked in, Zuckerberg said “I talked to him.” “Who?” “Bill Gates.”
It was such a mind-blowing moment to this “ordinary” mentor because all Zuckerberg did was that he called Bill up and asked help.
Well, maybe there are lots of strategic actions in place in those 24 hours, but the audacity to think big and act fast is inspiring.
Very often, the most successful people in the world are more accessible that we think and they love to give back to society.
Of course, you may not want to approach them when you are still in ground zero asking basic newbie questions.
But when you’re at certain level and kind of successful, these dream list mentors are definitely interested in helping you escalating from millions to billions.
So here’s an assignment for you to do.
Write your list of top 10 dream mentors. They can literally be any powerful people on the planet who are still alive.
Then, write down who you currently know, someone who might know them, or someone who might know their friends of friends. They can be lawyers, accountants, bankers, investors, mentees, employees, organizers etc.
Finally, list out the 10 people who are closer to your current network and they will be the people you need to “attack” first.
That’s how social circles work. You infiltrate layer by layer, deeper and deeper, and finally you capture the queen or king of the castle.
When you are courageous enough to take bold actions, you gain respect from successful people.
Be proactive, be daring, be strategic and you sure will befriend a few billionaires very soon.