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While setting up your three mentorship dates may take a little bit of time and thought, here's something that you can start putting into place right away: you can find hundreds of skilled mentors in any area of expertise online, right now.
We live in the age of information, and those with a call to teach, advise, or educate can be found giving information away across multiple online platforms. And while the role of in-person mentorship can't be overstated, let's be honest: there are times when it isn't as easy as picking up the phone.
Luckily, you can explore almost any area through podcasts, e-books, and articles. In this section, we'll just be covering podcasts full of amazing mentors you can tap into today. These episodes are usually about an hour long, free to access, and there whenever you need them. And on top of that, you can build them into mentorship playlists, to get you ready before work or excited in the mornings. To get you started, here is a list of great listen-to resources in mindset, money management, and sales training:
Podcasts that focus on performing at a top level, finding and acting on your purpose and potential, and setting your own expectations of success.
The Tim Ferriss Show:
"Each episode, I deconstruct world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, sports, business, art, etc.) to extract the tactics, tools, and routines you can use. This includes favorite books, morning routines, exercise habits, time-management tricks, and much more."
Tim Ferriss has built one of the best mentorship tools out there- a show that goes deep on the habits, routines, and patterns of top class performers in almost any area of expertise. If you can think of it, he's likely interviewed someone who does it- and who does it extremely well. He is a master interviewer- and asks tough, smart, and really specific questions. His guests are some of the most interesting people out there, and the conversations feel intimate and personal enough to get you into gear.
Aubrey Marcus Podcast:
"How do we find our purpose, wake up to who we truly are, have a few more laughs, and human being a little better?"
Part poet, part fitness coach, part entrepreneur, Aubrey Marcus takes the scenic route through some of the hardest puzzles out there. If you get caught up by the big picture questions (Why am I here? What is this all for? Am I happy?), you'll have hundreds of world-class performers to ponder with. As a plus, Aubrey often interviews folks with unconventional life-routes- from martial arts experts to artists to shamans, you'll get new perspectives every show.
"Retired Navy SEAL, Jocko Willink and Director, Echo Charles discuss discipline and leadership in business, war, relationships and everyday life."
This podcast is not for the faint of heart- Jocko Willink is not a soft speaker, and his content is about as comforting as a cold shower at 5AM. But if you're looking for a resource that will bring you face to face with your own discipline, accountability, and potential- this is the podcast. Jocko is a firm advocate of radical responsibility- the principle that only you are responsible for your wins- and for your failures. In his podcast, he interviews the toughest of the tough; and never stops reminding listeners of the kind of discipline that it takes to get to and stay in a leadership role.
Learn about the ins and outs of building a budget, managing your personal finances, and setting yourself up for long-term financial freedom.
Afford Anything Podcast:
"I don’t need to answer to a boss. Never again. I don’t work in a cubicle and I never sit in rush-hour traffic. I live life exactly as I want. I’ll spend 4 hours hiking on a random Tuesday if the mood strikes. Or I’ll stay up all night writing blog posts. Or I’ll travel to Bali on a whim. I’ve broken the shackles of paycheck-dependence. On this website, Afford Anything, I want to show you how I did this — and help you do the same. Welcome to an online community that’s building financial independence."
This podcast couldn't be more applicable for dancers if it tried. It has it all: a healthy mistrust of working a 9-5 "because it's what everyone else is doing," a strong lady protagonist that broke out of the rat race and designed a lifestyle with travel, passive income, and financial freedom, and tons of episodes that get into the nitty gritty of how, exactly, to go from debt and financial stress to financial freedom and opportunity.
Each week I interview a new business success story (who became a net worth millionaire through their business) to give you the inside scoop to get to your million faster and easier!
Sure, your friends want the best for you. They want to see you win, and they surely want to be with you at the top when you get there. They also want that extra order of margaritas and those four days off in the middle of the week. It's not their fault- they can't coach you into becoming a millionaire, a business owner or an entrepreneur if they haven't done it themselves. And they don't have to. Because from your car or your living room, you can hear the stories of millionaires who built their wealth from the ground up. And get more than just motivation- this podcast goes deep on practical, step-by-step advice to grow your business ideas, your financial mindset, and your daily habits.
You Need a Budget:
"We hear reports every day of lives being changed: debt paid off, marriages saved, opportunities seized, stress eliminated and sleep rediscovered! When you gain control of your money, you gain control of your life and it feels great."
So, maybe you're not quite at make-a-million yet. After all, there are student loans to be paid off, a car note with high interest, and monthly bills still waiting to come out of the bank account. I hear you. If you're looking for a modest starting place to launch off from, check out the YNAB podcast. Because the podcast is built as an introduction into their budgeting software, the episodes aren't super long. They're meant to give you one or two solid pieces of budgeting advice, or to pass on the story of how and in how long someone paid off debt. They're easy to digest, and also a useful introduction into the world of budgeting.
From the approach to the close, the sales game has been around for a lot longer than the club. Instead of reinventing the wheel, learn what 7 and 8 figure salespeople are doing right- and bring it with you into the club.
Cardone Zone Podcast:
"Insightful, brutally honest, and always interesting. Listen and learn from the world’s number one sales trainer, real estate investor, and bestselling author, Grant Cardone.'
This isn't so much a podcast as an avalanche of content on everything from marketing to sales to real estate investing. Grant Cardone is loud, over the top, and extremely good at selling anyone on anything. While this link will take you to hundreds of episodes on a variety of topics, make sure to stop and listen in to sales specific episodes: his confidence level, specific selling techniques, and extremely high energy level will change your entire sales approach if you let it.
Women in Sales Podcast:
"Conversations with Women in Sales is a podcast dedicated to becoming the best resource in the world for female sales professionals. Every episode features women in sales roles doing incredible work in corporations around the globe. Topics include leadership, career management, social selling, overcoming adversity, sales and marketing alignment, B2B sales, strategic partnerships, buyer personas, account based selling, content creation and promotion, social media, and more."
Sometimes, you want to see how it's been done. As dancers we are, no doubt, trail blazers. Our income potential, workplace independence, and stylistic freedom often means we can feel isolated or just plain different from other young professionals. This podcast comes through with solid points of connection between us and other women career professionals on top of their sales game. With a distinctly feminine perspective, and with hundreds of episodes with powerhouse salespeople, listening to this one is a no-brainer.
The Salesman Podcast
"The Salesman Podcast is the worlds most downloaded B2B sales and selling podcast. Will Barron interviews the world's leading influence, body language, psychology and sales experts to give you the information YOU need to close more deals and make more money."
Don't let the name fool you- this podcast has a wealth of sales information for just about anybody selling just about anything. Started by a medical sales rep, it goes deep on selling to businesses and individuals alike- and often goes into the space of sales psychology with the best of the best salespeople. This podcast isn't just motivating- it's full of practical tips to try on at the club. Especially useful if you have another side gig in sales, or if you're interested on building out your own business.
Investing and Financial Freedom
"Imagine you're friends with hundreds of real estate investors and entrepreneurs. Now imagine you can grab a beer or coffee with each of them and casually chat about failures, successes, motivations, and lessons learned. That’s what The Bigger Pockets Podcast delivers! Co-hosted by Brandon Turner and David Greene, this show provides actionable advice from investors and other real estate professionals every week."
Of all the podcasts on this list, Biggerpockets may be the single most valuable one to listen to regularly. Not only do the hosts go out of their way to get you excited and motivated to invest in real estate- they find some of the most amazing investors, negotiators, brokers, and regular shmegular investors who've accomplished amazing things by building a real estate portfolio that fit their needs. Whether you have dozens of properties or you've never thought of investing in real estate, this one is a must-listen-to resource.
The Investor's Podcast:
"We Study Billionaires."
With that kind of a headline, it may pay to check this one out. The investor's podcast does what some had to pay hundreds of thousands to do- give you time with some of the smartest minds in the investment world in an easy-to-digest format. Thanks to the wealth of information available online, you don't need to get an MBA to learn about investing smart- and thanks to the Investor's Podcast, you can find massive amounts of investment content to start off your financial education on the right footing. The content gets specific and a bit technical, but the website also hosts lots of teaching tools to simplify the big concepts- so make sure you check out both!
Invest Like the Best:
"Welcome to Invest Like the Best. In each episode, I speak with the most interesting people I can find, whose stories will help you better invest your time and your money, and teach you how to play with boundaries in your own life"
If you're more driven by storyline and exposition than by the hard numbers, this podcast may be a great place to start learning about how investors work and what makes them tick. Don't worry, this podcast also goes heavily into the specifics. But for beginners, it offers a bit more of a human perspective of what makes a great investor- and how you can start bringing those habits into your everyday.
Are you already listening to some of these podcasts? Have any other recommendations? If so, comment below with your favorites.
If not, check out a few episodes! With just the information in this post you have thousands of hours of mentorship and coaching available for free.