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Mentoring For Online Success

Mentoring For Online SuccessYou are starting to get along with your online business.

You’ve picked up some tidy skill sets, made some key connections and even begun pulling in a few affiliate commissions or service gigs.

But now, you feel a bit deflated.

You learned the essentials, earned a small profit and maybe added a prospect or two to your business.  But now you don’t know how to get to the next level.

A great place to prepare the pathway to your greater success is to write out a clear description of these things:

(1) Your big vision, your quest
(2) The milestones you need to reach to fulfill the vision
(3) The overall game plan or strategy for hitting those milestones
(4) The exact tasks that you must complete to breath life into your strategy
(5) Your precise Production Schedule

This is a “working backwards” process that I often suggest people work through in order to clear the air and find a direction for moving forward… from where they are, to where they want to go.

To make it all happen in the least time possible, I highly recommend you consider quality mentoring.

A good online coach or mentor will

  • guide you through the process
  • monitor your progress
  • make you accountable for your progress
  • minimize the struggle involved
  • minimize the expense involved

Sink Or Swim

I don’t know of a single person who has attained a high level of online success without hiring a coach or mentor to help walk them through the necessary steps.

Even more significantly…

savvy marketers actually hire more coaching, not less, as their business improves.  That’s because they’ve learned from experience, that every dollar spent on coaching, comes back many times over.

If there’s any one way to predict someone’s online success, it’s the amount of coaching they get.

In fact, I can pretty much tell whether someone will even survive online… whether they will sink or swim in this business… by looking at how they do, or do not, make coaching an essential part of their growth plan.

When Do You Need A Mentor?

You can expect to benefit from mentoring at any point in your business.

If you know next to nothing about the business, then you will need a mentor who can guide you through your training.

When you’ve learned enough to move forward, but don’t know exactly how to proceed (and I emphasize “exactly”), it’s time for more coaching.

What Do You Want Help With?

One of the reasons people don’t seek coaching is that they don’t feel like they know what kind of help they need.

That’s why I started this article the list of 5 things you need to write down about your business.

Each time you are ready to hire a coach, work through that checklist.  Write down a clear description of each point.

Then you will know what you need help with.

You can even share your written description with your mentor, so that you’re both working from the same blueprint.

You might even want to consider joining the Whirlwind Success “VIP Club.”  It’s what Donna and I call a “dynamic coaching” approach to helping folks like you take your online business to the next level.

Whirlwind Success VIP Club

So, I suggest, whatever point your business is at today… take some time to write down a clear description of it, using the 5-point checklist above.

Then you decide.

Can you keep moving forward on your own?

Or would it be better to put your success on a fast track by hiring a professional mentor?

This can help you avoid costly, time consuming mistakes by doing things the correct way from the beginning… not half way through a bunch of failed “trial runs.” 

In other words…

why reinvent the wheel when somebody who’s already traveled the same route can simply hand it to you?

So, I’m dying to ask you.

Do you use professional coaching?

Have you found it helpful?

If you don’t use coaching, what’s stopping you?

I’d like to hear what you think in the comments below.

David Merrill 101
I'm an Internet Marketer and Online Marketing Coach. My students learn no-nonsense, power strategies and techniques to build solid blogging and internet businesses. David Merrill+

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33 Responses to Mentoring For Online Success

  1. Joan Harrington November 15, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

    Hi David,

    Great post on mentoring! Having a mentor is so important for continued online success:) Enjoyed reading and sharing your awesome tips! Thanks for sharing your value!!
    Joan Harrington´s last blog post ..The Truth About Delicious Blog Post Titles

  2. David Merrill 101 November 15, 2014 at 9:43 pm #

    I’m glad you noted, Joan, that mentoring is important for “continued online success.”

    People often think that mentoring is just important to get started, or to overcome a specific obstacle. In fact, mentoring ought to be an ongoing part of your online business.

    Singers, athletes, executives and other performance oriented professionals use coaches all the time on a continual basis. They don’t just want to have a good performance today or tomorrow, they want hi-level performance to be an ongoing part of what they do.

    Coaches and mentors keep you on top of your game, and every day brings new challenges to improving what you do.

    You need to locate a mentor you trust and who delivers you quality direction. Then stick with him or her or them. Don’t think of them as a band-aid, but as a key part of your business. Good mentoring is worth its weight in gold.
    David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..The Shortest Path To Online Success

  3. Sue Bride November 15, 2014 at 10:28 pm #

    I eagerly watch your Whirlwind Success VIP Club videos. They are so valuable, thanks David.
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  4. David Merrill 101 November 15, 2014 at 10:52 pm #

    Thanks for the kudos, Sue.

    We try to keep folks up to date with the latest strategies and tactics they need to achieve success with their online business.

    I guess I’m a bit biased here, Sue, but I think our dynamic coaching program is highly unique, very affordable (which coaching typically is not) and the best guidance an online entrepreneur can get.

    And, I think that so many people, like yourself, have been so enthusiastic about it that it is really going to become a leader in this industry.
    David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..The Shortest Path To Online Success

  5. Willena Flewelling November 16, 2014 at 5:05 am #

    I agree, David! Everyone needs a mentor, and not just at the beginning. Even when one has reached to stage of being a mentor himself, he still needs a mentor, because there will always be someone further down the road than he is. A mastermind group is at least as key, if we are to believe Napoleon Hill.
    Willena Flewelling´s last blog post ..Week 7 – Linking Two Concepts

    • David Merrill 101 November 17, 2014 at 12:42 am #

      You make some interesting points here, Willena.

      In particular, I like your mention of how mentors have their own mentors.

      Very true!

      I communicate almost daily with other product creators, because we share ad buys and cross promote for each other.

      One of the things we tend to talk about is who is using who for mentoring.

      Funny, that people struggling with their online business seem to think that mentoring is only for people who don’t know their way in developing a successful business.

      But, truly, the more successful you become, the more you understand that mentoring is an absolutely essential ingredient in your business. Result… the more success folks have, the more mentoring they sign on for. And the result of that is typically, that their success multiplies!
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..8 Steps To Create Your Digital Information Product

    • Sue Bride November 22, 2014 at 8:52 pm #

      It certainly is affordable and I appreciate that 🙂
      Sue Bride´s last blog post ..10 Reasons A Team Site Fails

  6. Dexter Roona November 16, 2014 at 6:14 am #

    Mentoring is very important, i found someone who was willing to help me with Google Plus and as a result i have 34000 followers on Google Plus….. Mentors have already invented the wheel so there is no need for you to invent the wheel.

    regards Dexter

  7. David Merrill 101 November 17, 2014 at 12:46 am #

    Thanks for sharing your story, Dexter.

    Mentoring is almost always at the center of the success we see online entrepreneurs enjoy. And it’s not really surprising in view of the fact that there’s really no other place to turn, for learning how to construct an online business… especially one that is tailor made to your own situation.
    David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..Building An Online Business

  8. Sarah Arrow November 17, 2014 at 4:44 am #

    I’d also add, when you chat to a potential mentor check to see if they also have a mentor or a coach. You need someone who is also learning and continuing to grow, and even a mentor who is taking a break, is better than a mentor who has decided they now know enough.
    Sarah Arrow´s last blog post ..Webinars: Are you advertising them enough?

  9. David Merrill 101 November 17, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

    Good suggestion, Sarah.

    I’ve never done that, but I suppose I usually know who is mentoring who among the online marketers and entrepreneurs i hang out with.

    But, it’s a great idea to ask a prospective mentor if they are currently working with a mentor themselves, and to what end.

    That gives you an idea of how open they are to their “continuing education” as well as what sorts of things they’re currently working on at the moment.
    David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..8 Steps To Create Your Digital Information Product

  10. Mark November 18, 2014 at 11:41 am #

    Excellent post David!

    And as i think about, there is practically nothing I’ve ever succeeded at to any degree anyway, that didn’t somehow involve some type of mentor and or coach!

    And there is no way I’m going the re-invent the wheel route! Because somehow some way their presence and major influence is always practically at the heart of everything!

    Thanks for sharing such a solid blueprint for online success!
    Mark´s last blog post ..How And Why Major Corporations Waste Tons Of Money On Totally Whack Advertisements!Part Three

  11. David Merrill 101 November 18, 2014 at 5:11 pm #

    I know many people think they can “go it alone”.

    But as you say, Mark, following a solid blueprint just makes so much more sense.

    I could probably build some kind of a house (in my case, maybe I better stick to something easier like a bird-house).

    If I just had to start nailing boards together, and when it didn’t work out, rip it apart and start over, etc etc… I suppose I’d end up with some kind of a house.

    But if I were working from a clearly written blueprint or similar step by step outline… It would come out a whole lot better, would get done much faster, and would cost me less money in wasted materials and time… why would I insist on trying to go it alone?

    Yet, people do. They’re the same ones that usually drop out of the online business world and claim “it can’t be done.”
    David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..The Shortest Path To Online Success

  12. donna merrill November 20, 2014 at 3:44 pm #

    Hi David,

    These five key points are ones that a potential customer needs to ask themselves before they hire a coach. As we do work together, this is what we usually tell people when they call us.

    I must agree what Sarah has stated here in this conversation. Ask that mentor who they coached with and if they ever did.

    God knows how many coaches we had hired along our way lol. From blogging to producing our first product, marketing and so much more. Yes, both of us had individual coaching on various levels and together we do put a lot on the table for others.

    I firmly believe one can not get anywhere without some kind of coaching. That’s my two cents!

    donna merrill´s last blog post ..15 Reasons Why Blogging Sucks

    • David Merrill 101 November 21, 2014 at 11:41 pm #

      One of the sure tell-tale signs of whether or not a person will achieve their goals is how much they invest in coaching.

      As you say, Donna, we’ve had coaches to work through many issues in our online business, and it has certainly made a world of difference. If we could have reached the level we’re at now, it probably would have taken much longer, cost more money and been a very frustrating process of trial and error.

      Businesses, corporations, government agencies, non-profits, educational institutions… they all get mentoring (called “consulting”) on a large scale, routine basis. In fact, they rely on mentors and consultants to excel.

      Online business is no different. Professionals don’t hesitate to hire the mentors and coaches they need to accelerate their growth, and build a profitable business.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..Building An Online Business

  13. Ryan Biddulph November 21, 2014 at 12:07 am #

    Hi David,

    It’s weird. I’ve found, as a 5 year vet of the online game, that I knew jack squat. Then as I saw some success, I knew a bit more. Then i got a bit full of myself, and knew so darn much. Then I realized again that I am the continual learner when open to mentoring and when open and receptive to lessons.

    The ego blew up, like a buffer fish, then the puffer fish was popped – graphic visual I know 😉 – when I put a pin in the fish/balloon, by humbling myself.

    I DO know how to blog from paradise and how to retire to a life of island hopping through smart blogging but I am learning more about what I do and what other folks do daily. I’m open to coaching, learning and mentoring because even coaches need coaches.

    Richard Branson hires Chris Brogan for business advice, then I learn business advice from Chris. (and he endorses me…sorry! I had to get that in there 😉

    But seriously, we’re all learning, and by following the idea that the wheel has been invented already, and we can learn from folks who have walked successful paths, or learning curves shrink, by like years. Smart quote and post David! Loving the new look on your blog since I las visited 😉

    Ryan Biddulph´s last blog post ..21 Simple Blogging Tips

    • David Merrill 101 November 21, 2014 at 11:55 pm #

      It certainly seems like you’ve walked the walk, Ryan.

      Congratulations on your great progress, and for taking the proactive steps of aligning with some great mentoring.

      As you point out here, success is not a straight path from point A to point B. There are many ebbs and tides along the way. At each milepost, we need to reassess our strategy, our systems and our method of operation.

      The internet is a sea of possibility and the water never stands still. We need to be flexible, vigilant and keep ever in touch with those who can help us navigate the storms, and ride the crests.

      No one person can achieve great success alone. In fact, our success is, to a large extent, defined by what mentors we align with along our journey.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..3 Ways Bloggers Make Money Online

  14. Chery Schmidt November 21, 2014 at 12:21 am #

    Hello David, Awesome article my friend, I have had this discussion many times, yes we all need mentors in our lives. Even when we are mentors we still need to be learning as the world around us is forever changing and growing..

    The day we stop learning is the day our business will stop growing. I love what you and that lovely wife of yours are doing, You are both very lucky to have each other.

    I do agree the price you charge is Crazy and YOU Both Rock..

    Thanks for sharing.. Chery :))
    Chery Schmidt´s last blog post ..A Success Mindset? It’s Your Choice! 10 More Positive Affirmations

    • David Merrill 101 November 22, 2014 at 12:02 am #

      Thanks for your kind words, Chery.

      I certainly agree with your observation that mentors “still need to be learning.” That’s why I never hire a mentor who is not actively involved in coaching him/herself.

      Mentors are professionals. Like all professionals, they congregate in associations and projects, and assist each other on a regular basis. Attorneys, physicians, academics… all associate and assist each other. They don’t work in isolation from one another, nor do they hesitate to call on each other for assistance on a regular basis. They even have formal associations to facilitate the process, like the American Medical Association (AMA) or American Bar Association (ABA).

      Online entrepreneurs, likewise, associate with each other and assist each other on a regular basis. Those who choose to work in isolation from their peers, rarely reach the level of success that they could otherwise.

      Thanks for joining into the conversation, Chery… it’s always nice to hear from you.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..The Shortest Path To Online Success

      • Chery Schmidt November 25, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

        Hello Again David! I was just reading through your comments and came across your reply and just had to add something to this LOL

        Go Figure, First off loved your reply my friend, I also agree that this is a business where you need to be reaching out and networking with people daily, It is after all called network marketing for a reason HUH?

        I do agree that those who isolate themselves a rarely successful.

        I love visiting blogs and feel this is such an Awesome way to meet new people as well as to learn more about this business in general.

        Thanks once again for this awesome post!! Have A Great Thanksgiving.. Chery :))
        Chery Schmidt´s last blog post ..Restore Your Success Mindset With These Positive Affirmations

  15. Jenni Ryan November 21, 2014 at 6:02 am #

    Hi David

    I absolutely agree about coaching. I have several times in my careeer outside of the mentors I already have , hired professional coaches. The accountability and the outside perspective is so important for your business. Great post.
    Jenni Ryan´s last blog post ..MLM Training Tips: Who Should You Work With

    • David Merrill 101 November 22, 2014 at 3:46 pm #

      It’s nice to hear that you’ve broadened your business to include “outside perspective”, Jenni.

      So many people try to be successful online without seeking competent mentoring. I can tell you, (1) it isn’t fun (2) it takes way more time that way (3) you’ll waste an enormous amount of money on trial and error methods that are almost certain to fail (4) you’ll deprive your business of the cash flow for advertising, because you’re spending all your money on nonsense, and (5) this is the biggest… you’ll probably throw up your hands at some point in time and quit.

      Too bad when folks don’t take their online business seriously enough to treat it like a real business, and get the professional assistance they need early on.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..8 Steps To Create Your Digital Information Product

  16. Jey Ganesh November 22, 2014 at 10:52 pm #

    Very clarity post about mentoring for online success…

    I really agree every bloggers must make their knowledge pencil sharp, then only the can write best article and getting more fans for their blogs. i watched the intro video… I hope this is very useful course.
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    • David Merrill 101 November 30, 2014 at 9:42 pm #

      Nice to see you Jey.

      I agree. Bloggers and internet marketers alike, need to always keep up on the trending and cutting edge aspects of their niche, as well as the marketing techniques they need to bring to the table to build their business.

      That’s what’s so important about involving a mentor. That’s why Donna and I created a “dynamic” mentoring program, so it lives and breathes with each new day, and is available real life, real time to our members.
      David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..How To Get A Job

  17. Andy Lockhart November 23, 2014 at 4:33 pm #


    Coaching and mentoring really help you grow yourself and your business. I believe it is even more important in a home based business to keep yourself on track.

    Great article and I am sure your program will be kick…

    Thanks Andy
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  18. David Merrill 101 November 30, 2014 at 9:47 pm #

    Thanks for jumping in here, Andy.

    I think mentoring is absolutely critical for self employed, home based, network marketing and entrepreneurial online folks. They’re essentially alone out there, at the mercy of Google searches and trial and error… especially when they’re new.

    If they have no one to turn to, they risk being among the large number of people who fail from frustration.

    That’s one of the big reasons Donna and I started our coaching club. We’ve already seen it help a lot of people
    David Merrill 101´s last blog post ..The Shortest Path To Online Success

  19. nick catricala December 3, 2014 at 8:40 pm #

    your article here clearly show the high level you achieved in your business and for certain with the support of great coaches along the way.

    No one that I know and it is successful.. did not use a coach or mentor at some time and levels…

    For my self, I always had some mentors and a few coaches… all of them made a huge difference in my progress and most times leaded to much better things than first anticipated or planned.

    And in what I do now, I make certain I use all what I learned in the past to support others when coaching or mentoring them…

    Thanks so much for your very clear plans that everyone should have on hand… very useful.
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  20. Llyane @FrenchOnSkype December 13, 2014 at 11:26 pm #

    Certainly a mentor is the best mix into a business. I think that timing is everything. It involves knowing our own business (it has a life of its own, we get to learn from it too), knowing our best strengths and biggest weaknesses and discovering if we can avoid doing what we don’t like or can’t do (i.e. hiring) or we need to master that skill and get a mentor. Then, we have to find the right mentor – it’s very personal, I think. Great post, thank you!
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  21. Rachel Lavern February 6, 2015 at 3:48 pm #

    You have shared great points here David.

    Like most people, I wandered about until my first real mentor saw something in me that I did not.
    I, too, believe that everyone needs a mentor. Someone to show you how to overcome personal challenges, avoid mistakes and move forward in life. Having mentors has changed my life.
    Rachel Lavern´s last blog post ..No More Business Sabotage

  22. WILLIAM O'TOOLE February 22, 2015 at 6:53 pm #

    I have come to learn the more coaching you get the better you become at teaching.. The more mentorship ship you get the better it shapes your mind. The hardest part is putting all the pieces together.

    WILLIAM O’TOOLE´s last blog post ..A bit of motivation…

  23. Monna Ellithorpe March 29, 2015 at 10:07 pm #

    Hey David,

    Great post. I agree with you 100% that a coach or a mentor is needed. I think it also gives the sense of accountability when you have someone to talk to and learn from directly.

    I’ve tried many years on my own, with different varying amounts of success but having a coach does make things understandable and somewhat easier.
    Monna Ellithorpe´s last blog post ..My Secret Weapon For Increased Traffic

  24. Romjan Dhayan April 7, 2015 at 1:44 am #

    Hey David,

    This is a great post to learn something. Yes, we need to monitor our success because it helps us to go ahead more and more. When we find out the success then we may feel that we can do more better than this. Thanks for sharing your thoughts here.
    Romjan Dhayan´s last blog post ..6 Tips to forget Ex Girlfriend or Ex Boyfriend quickly

  25. BG Jenkins September 5, 2015 at 11:58 pm #

    Hi David, I do see the need for mentoring. They have been where you are and can cut so much time off your success rate. Your 5 point check list is a great place to start for knowing where you are, your time frame for milestones and knowing where you want to go. Even successful business owners can gain great insight from mentoring. Thanks for sharing.
    BG Jenkins´s last blog post ..Write On! You Are Right On Track!

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