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Why Losers Like You Have To Have A Mentor To Become Successful?
Before getting into marketing, I was a nurse. I was always coming up with business ideas, inventions and other ways that I could turn my creativity into something more than just a dream.

I had a very thin connection to Dave Mortensen, global chief executive officer of Anytime Fitness and decided to send him an email asking if I could show him a medical innovation that I'd been working on during my free time.
To my surprise, he agreed to a meeting.

When I went to meet with Dave, I wanted to bring a "gift of appreciation" that would stand out. I remembered that he had been on the TV show, "Secret Millionaire" and I think I remembered that he liked mayonnaise on that show. I brought the global CEO of one of the fastest growing franchises in the world a jar of mayonnaise.
I was way over-dressed in a black suit (almost a tuxedo, it was the only suit I had that fit me) and as I began to present my idea to him, I got so nervous that I blurted out my IQ.

And then I told him not to be intimidated by my IQ.
I’m honestly surprised he even let me stick around in his office past this point.

He patiently listened to my slide presentation. When I finished, he offered to help me out with the legal costs of pursuing a full patent (I only had the provisional patent at the time).
Having someone at his level, take the time to listen to my idea, and even offer to help, gave me the confidence I needed to pursue my dreams. It validated that I really could do whatever I set my mind to if I was willing to put in the hard work. But most importantly, it reminded me that I couldn't do it on my own.
If I wanted to grow my career, I needed to find a good business mentor. I needed to find someone that knew how to get from point A to point B and could connect me with the right tools, experiences and opportunities to make it happen.
Some great business mentors.
It’s pretty safe to say that anyone who’s ever been successful at anything in life could probably identify at least one or two people, if not more, that have significantly impacted their rate of success. Here are five notable examples that I wasn’t aware of.
Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. Did you know that Steve Jobs, the visionary that made Apple what it is today, gave Mark Zuckerberg advice on how to grow his company, Facebook? Zuckerberg even posted on Facebook after Jobs passed away, “Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world.”
Warren Buffet and Bill Gates. Bill Gates has seen his fair share of tough situations as he led Microsoft. He needed to think about success long term, and he credits learning those two things from Warren Buffet.
Suze Orman and Jillian Michaels. Suze Orman was an important mentor for Jillian Michaels, even though they’re very different and are involved in entirely different fields. This relationship helped Suze learn -- as can we -- that a mentor doesn’t have to make the mentee into a carbon copy of herself. It’s really about helping people discover their own path and how to pursue it with the best chance of success.

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