So I decided to put together a few helpful tips for people who haven't found a mentor to work with, or those who just need a little nudge in the right direction to learn on their own.
1) Warrior Forum is Loaded with Great Mentors
If you are new to this forum, you don't yet realize it but this place is LOADED with great mentors. But most of them don't call themselves mentors. They don't shout their success from the rooftops - they quietly work down in the IM trenches, answering posts here at the forum, helping struggling marketers behind the scenes, and creating excellent products to share their knowledge with others.
How do you find these people? As you read threads here in the forum, pay attention to the posts that speak volumes: the well-thought-out replies; the insightful ideas; the posts that get your heart pumping faster because you feel like you just stumbled onto something that can really help you reach your goals.
THOSE are the Warriors who can mentor you - even if indirectly. Jot down the screen names of the Warriors whose posts seem to speak to you most. Then . . .
2) Search for More Wisdom by Them
Use the search function to find all posts by those Warriors you want to learn more from. After clicking the Search link, click on Advanced Search and on the right side of your screen you will see an option to search for posts by user name. Enter the Warrior's user name in that box, and you can also refine your search to specific forums or topics, or just request all posts by them.
3) Create a Warrior Swipe File
Every time you find a post that contains helpful information (either by your "mentors" or other Warriors), print or save it to a "swipe file" so you can reference it later. If you want to learn as much as you can about a specific method, like article marketing, blogging, CPA, or other topics, create specific swipe files for those too.
4) Sign up for Your Warrior Mentors' Lists
Many successful Warriors also have mailing lists and/or blogs that contain much MUCH more helpful information. Take advantage of these! Check out their blogs, sign up for their mailing lists, download their free products, do a Google search on their names and find all of their articles, forum posts and everything else you can. Keep adding to your swipe file as you come across more good information.
[*Sidenote about mailing list: Don't get upset when they send promotions to you - that's what they DO. They are marketers, so they MARKET! Rather than getting defensive, learn from them! Study how often they email, how they promote, what they promote - there is a goldmine of knowledge available just by watching how they run their business, even if you decide to run your own differently.]
5) Buy Your Mentors' Products
When you find a Warrior who really seems to know their stuff and you're printing or saving a lot of their posts - take a look at their forum signature or on their site/blog and see if they have any products you can buy. There are Warriors creating hundreds and thousands of products about every single facet of internet marketing that you can imagine.
Obviously you don't have to buy ALL of them - but think about the things you MOST need to learn, and choose the Warrior whose product you feel can best provide that training. Buy the product, study it, and begin putting the methods into action. As time goes on, buy more products (either from the same Warrior or others) and master those methods too.
Don't buy tons of products and let them gather dust on your hard drive - use them, master them, then move on to learn something else.
6) Ask for Clarification if Needed
Once you have purchased a Warrior's product, it would be acceptable for you to contact them directly and ask a question or two about the topic! Keep in mind that you are not their only customer so their time may be limited, but most of them will be happy to help you if they can.
Try to keep your question as specific as possible - for example, asking a question like "How can I get started making money blogging" is WAY too broad because there are hundreds of possible answers. Make your question much more focused than that, like asking how often they feel a blog should be updated, or if they can recommend a good host.
If they DON'T respond to your question, don't take it personally. Either they're pressed for time or your email got lost, or they just don't have a helpful answer for you at the time. It happens.
7) Keep an Eye on the WSO Forum
When you have identified one or more Warriors that you want to learn from, check the Warrior Special Offers (WSO) Forum daily so you'll know if they post good deals on their products - or even limited coaching opportunities.
Better yet . . .
8) Sign up for WSO Alerts
Warrior MikeLantz has a service called WSO Alerts that you can sign up for FREE. With this alert service, you can be notified when a specific Warrior posts a new WSO - or you can request notification about WSO's with specific keywords.
9) Join the War Room
There is a private forum here at the Warrior Forum called The War Room that can provide more mentoring than you'll be able to handle! There is a one-time cost to join, but it's well worth the money because you can learn internet marketing strategies in a much more focused way. Not to mention that many, MANY Warriors offer their products for FREE to other War Room members.
Take Charge of Your Own Success
I could go on with more ideas, but these should keep you busy for the next several months at least.
Whether you find a specific mentor to work with or create your own network of indirect mentors here at the Warrior Forum - don't put your success in someone else's hands!
Yes, you can learn a lot from a good mentor but you can also learn a lot on your own. Take charge of your own success like so many Warriors before you have done.
Remember that probably 99% of the most successful people here did NOT have a mentor. They became their own best mentors by learning and doing as much as they could until it finally started working for them - and you can do the very same thing.