Having a mentor is a valuable component to your success. Maybe you are having trouble finding a mentor or you can’t find the right mentor. Thousands of brilliant minds are willing to help. They’re available in the form of biographies, autobiographies, how-to’s, memoirs, or another sort of subject matter.
Here are a list of some of my mentors:
• Tony Robbins
• Richard Branson
• Tyler Durden
• Benjamin Franklin
• Warren Buffett
• Peter Drucker
• Seth Godin
The beauty is I didn’t use any of their time and they gave me their advice for free. How? It’s very simple, actually. I read their books. I read their blogs. I follow them on social media. I absorb any content they are putting out.
They are giving away priceless advice for practically free.
It is damn hard to accomplish your massive goals without a mentor. If you’re shooting to become good at your job, as a parent, or something uber-ambitious like becoming famous, wealthy, worldly impactful, then mimic world-class performers. Surround yourself with the people you look up to.
Maybe your goal isn’t to lead a Fortune 100 company. It sure as hell isn’t mine. My goal isn’t to follow the footsteps of Bill Gates or Warren Buffett. Constantly being in the spotlight is not my forté. However, having their level of impact is in my forté.
Use the wisdom, tools, and strategies they’ve used in their lives to propel you forward.
Here are some books that will help you find guidance:
1. Fight Club
This one might seem out of place, but I present you Tyler Durden. Sociopathic tendencies aside, he’s there to guide you on how to live an authentic and free life.
He won’t hold your hand while lye burns through your hand. But then again, maybe that’s just what you need.
Musk has used his passion for teaching, learning, and making a difference to build numerous empires. The book traces the entrepreneur’s journey from a rough upbringing in South Africa to the pinnacle of the global business world.
An autobiography of Richard Branson. His take on business has always been unconventional. A famous quote from Branson on launching an endeavor is, “Oh screw it, let’s do it.”
A unique thing about Branson is while he runs a billion dollar empire, he doesn’t forget the most important things in life: friends, family, and having fun.
A glimpse into the mind and personality of the highly principled Roman emperor, Marcus Aurelius. It is a practical and inspirational guide to the challenges of everyday life.
5. John Adams
David McCullough is the author of this biography. I suggest you read any book written by him for he makes history extremely interesting and fun to digest. This book discusses the adventurous life of John Adams.
This book covers a multitude of topics: politics, war, social issues, human nature, love, virtue, ambition, and friendship. John Adams is a story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.
This is the book to read on Warren Buffett. The author had full access to Buffett who was able to share stories, mistakes, successes, and the standard Buffett wisdom.
This is a guidebook from Tim Ferriss on how to create a freedom lifestyle. How to outsource your life and create an empire from anywhere in the world. This book is full of all sorts of juicy nuggets to free yourself from “The Man.”
I’m not sure where to start with Mr. Tesla. He is an unsung scientific hero. Tesla was brilliant but unlucky at the same time. This book discusses his genius but also his misfortune.
Tony Robbins provides a seven-step blueprint for securing financial freedom. He walks you through every income level and how to excel at constantly improving your financial situation.
10. Steve Jobs
Walter Isaacson has written a compelling story of the roller-coaster life and intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized several industries. This tale covers a variety of lessons from leadership, values, character, creativity, and innovation.
One of my favorite renaissance men. Benjamin Franklin was a writer, inventor, scientist, diplomat, businessman, entrepreneur, and patriotic badass. Walter Isaacson, the same author of Einstein and Steve Jobs explores Franklin’s enchanting 84-year life.
Jump into the unique mind of investor and entrepreneur, Peter Thiel. Thiel doesn’t want you to be the next Google, Microsoft, or the Uber of X. He states the next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Tomorrow’s entrepreneurial winners will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace. They will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique.
Winning comes from the most important skill that every leader must master: learning to think for yourself.
Dale Carnegie’s timeless book has helped people for over 50 years on how to succeed in both business and life.
Felix Dennis, the founder of Maxim magazine discusses his business journey. Dennis wasn’t the smartest bloke but he knew his capabilities and limitations. This isn’t a get-rich-quick guidebook. He simply wants to help people embrace entrepreneurship, and to share lessons he learned the hard way. He reveals, for example, why a regular paycheck is like crack cocaine; why great ideas are vastly overrated; and why “ownership isn’t the important thing, it’s the only thing.”
Co-authored by the Dalai Lama, embark upon the path to enlightenment with wisdom and an easy-access reference for daily practice of a peaceful life.
Peter Drucker has you develop an understanding of yourself by identifying your most valuable strengths and most dangerous weaknesses. Articulate how you learn, work with others, and what your most deeply held values are.
17. Napoleon: A Life
A witty, entertaining, and flat-out fascinating story on one of the most influential military commanders/statesmen in history. I admire this author for delivering his content in such an elegant manner.
Another timeless piece. Written by Napoleon Hill in 1937, this book was the first motivational book created. His principles still apply today.
Theodore Roosevelt had a thirst of adventure which made him extremely captivating. He partook in excursions through Kenya, Uganda, Brazil, and Yellowstone National park.
Fun fact: Arnold Schwarzenegger was a millionaire before his acting career exploded. Read this book, he’s a lot more interesting than what you currently know.
The fathers of the modern economy. These men forged the US into the superpower out of sheer persistence, determination, and grit.
If you aren’t able to lock down a personal mentor then take solace in knowing you have access to some of the most brilliant and unique minds ever to exist.
Use their wisdom, tools, failures, and successes to propel you forward in your professional and personal life. It’s non 1-1 mentorship, but it’s a start, and it’s better than nothing.