10 Tips to Find (and Keep) the Perfect Mentor

10 Tips to Find (and Keep) the Perfect Mentor

10 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. "When the student is ready, the teacher appears," is a timeless quote. But finding a mentor can be challenging,not to mention finding someone who's right for your needs, strengths, and shortcomings. These Advisors in The Oracles share how to find the perfect mentor-and be the exceptional mentee.

Don’t invest thousands in an expensive coach with a big name. Find someone who is where you want to be in three to five years. Why? They can still relate to you.

Before approaching a potential mentor, I always invest in their product or service. I want to see if I resonate with the quality of their products or services, team, and customer service. If I do, I sell their products as an affiliate and see what response I get from my followers. Then I ask if I can help with their customer service. This gives you insight into how they do business, and then you can work out a mentor relationship.

As a mentor, I’ve found that ex-military and ex-athletes make the best students. They don’t question anything, they just execute and report back with results. Then we regroup, re-strategize, and move their business forward. Jeff Sherman, founder and CEO of Tech Sweat LLC; serial entrepreneur who has launched five businesses and impacted over 5,000 fitness businesses in six countries