3 Steps to Becoming a Guru

I think it’s funny that people seem to worship “their guru.”  Instead of thinking for themselves and building their business based on their own talents and skills, they want to rely on the “guru of the month” to tell them exactly what to do. 

I think the whole guru mentality is kind of funny.  I know that guru simply means “teacher” and I’m personally even listed in the Internet Marketing Guru Index.  So it’s not the word itself that’s the problem as we should all have teachers and constantly be learning as much as we possibly can.  You can help shortcut your path to success by finding out about the success and failures of others.

What I have a problem with is the concept of infallibility that many people seem to have for their guru.  Because such-and-such said something, it must be true.  Also, they don’t imagine changing or modifying whatever system they’ve been taught. 

I’ve learned from a lot of individuals…including such people as Jay Abraham, Dan Kennedy, Fred Gleeck, Corey Rudl, etc.  Yet, I don’t remember taking and using anything exactly as taught.  Something has always been modified slightly for my own personality and skills.  Learn from gurus.  Don’t simply follow them blindly.

I recently showed people at an Internet marketing seminar that becoming a guru took 3 simple steps.

Step One – Fail a Whole Bunch of Times.

Anyone I’ve seen that’s extremely successful today has failed in their past.  They’ve tried many different things before they found what worked for them.  Look at any inventor and you’ll see they had 1,000 failed experiments before they find out what works.   

Step Two – Accidently Stumble Upon Something that Works.

While you’re failing, you accidently find what works for you.  You try 10 different things and you find 3 of those work well for you.  So you create “your system.”  While there may be a lot of different ways to do something.   This system is the one that consistently works for you and helps you to succeed.

Step Three – Tell everyone what a genius you are.

Forget about the hundred things you tried and failed.  Tell everyone what a genius you are because you discovered the system that works for you.  Have you ever noticed that most gurus don’t mention most of their failures.  They only talk about their successes in an effort to lead you believe they succeed 100% of the time.  They take on that attitude and appearance of being an expert who has all the answers all the time.

The Truth About Great Teachers

Remember, a guru is simply a teacher.  What’s the difference between many of the people we perceive to be a guru and a real teacher?  It’s in their approach.  Most gurus present themselves as having all the answers. 

Yet, a great teacher isn’t someone who tells you they have all the answers.  I’m sure you’ve had a few teachers like that in high school or college.  They give you their appearance that they’re above you, and you’re there to learn everything from their greatness.  I’ll bet you didn’t like those teachers, did you?

A really good teacher is not someone who has all the answers.  They’re someone who knows how to ask the right questions.  Think back in your life to a teacher who has really helped change your life.  You’ll find without fail that they’re almost never someone who claims to have all the right answers.  They’re simply someone who helps you discover the answers for your self by asking you the right questions.

With my coaching clients and my coaching groups, I’ve found one of the best ways to teach them is through “worksheets” and “action plans” of questions about the subject.  Instead of telling them exactly what they should do, I help them discover the effective techniques which will work correctly for them.

You’re a unique individual.  What works for one person may need a few modifications for you. Always keep in mind that you can and should learn from “gurus,” but the best teachers will always be those who help you discover the truth for yourself – instead of simply force feeding you a bunch of information.

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