Mentors–Finding and Choosing the Right Ones

+ My List of The Top 25 Mentors I Follow

“What is a teacher? I’ll tell you: it isn’t someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires ...” ― Paulo Coelho, The Witch of Portobello


According to Dictionary.com, a mentor ia a:

  1. wise and trusted counselor or teacher;
  2. an influential senior sponsor or supporter.

Where can I find a mentor?

Today there are many trust-worthy mentors willing to publicly share their knowledge and personal experiences. Many of them can be found and reached through social media — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or Periscope, and so on. Others, can be found through books.

With so many mentors to choose from, who should I follow?

To find, follow, and take advice from another person who you will consider your mentor depends on your current — or past and future — situation, your personal passions, and your overall goals.

For example, if you are currently annoyed by your financial situation — you are in debt and would like to be out of debt; you are out of debt but would like to earn more and plan for retirement — the mentors to follow that best fit your scenario would be financial experts such as Dave Ramsey or Grant Cardone, just to name a couple. If you are an extreme atheist, you probably would not even consider any of them two since they are both spiritual and religious. However, if you are open minded and spirituality and religion does not bother you, then they would be a perfect choice.

If you want to grow in mind, body, and spirit, then find the best gurus with outstanding successful track records on inspiring and impacting people’s lives in a positive fashion such as Tony Robbins.

My advice to you before following another human being is, do an in-depth research on that one person you are seriously considering to be your mentor. Mentors tend to have a huge impact on people’s life and the last thing you want is to end up following the wrong person with the wrong information.

When in doubt, choose a solid public figure with a huge following as a starter mentor. Someone who risks everything — reputation, respect, including their life — by being on the spotlight of the public is usually “forced” to deliver accurate and excellent information.

Something to remember: Mentors are milestones. A mentor you choose today does not have to be your mentor for life. As you continue your career and life journey, expand on your research, and grow as a person many more highly experienced people will enter your life prepared to be your next mentors. Your old mentors will either become a thing of the past or someone who once inspired you to get to the place that you will eventually get to.

Do my mentors need to be alive?

Simple answer: No, mentors do not necessarily need to be alive.

From what I have learned in the process of finding and choosing my personal mentors, and the best part of it all, they can be anybody.

Example, if you are passionately interested in electricity and are looking into inventing an amazing product, you might want to consider Nikola Tesla(July 10, 1890 — January 7, 1943) to be one of your mentors.

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How can someone such as Nikola Tesla be my mentor if he is not alive? Passionate and intelligent people such as Nikola Tesla and Albert Einstein, although no longer living, leave behind a legacy. They leave behind documents, records, evidence of projects they worked on, and how they managed to complete them, or fail them. There are books, documentaries, and movies that closely portray their characteristics and their behaviors. Characteristics and behaviour that you can learn from and apply onto your own life. Because at the end of the day, what you will be learning most from a mentor is their work-ethics, leadership, intelligence, principles, and everything else that you would want to absorb from a mentor. When you begin to behave and think like your mentor, you have achieved a milestone.

Once you have learned all that you can learn from a mentor, the best things to do next are 1.) find another mentor who will continue to teach you, inspire you, and push you forward or 2.) become a mentor yourself.


The mentors I learn and take advice from I found through books, tv shows and movies, YouTube, podcasts, and social media. Grant Cardone, one of the mentors on my list, for example, I found by casually browsing through a pile of books placed on a bookshelf in an office where I was working at the time. I came across his book called If You Are Not First, You Are Last and although it did not immediately grab my attention, weeks later I found Grant Cardone on Periscope giving an extremely valuable lecture as he always does. Since then, I have been following him on most, or all of his social media accounts where I am surrounded by his wealth of information.

I found my mentors in different points in time; in different life situations.

I am a UI/UX designer for web and mobile platforms. When I first started designing as a professional, I wanted to learn about the best practices of design. During that time, I came across Apple products — I was given a MacBook Pro laptop. Doing research into Apple, I learned about Steve Jobs and the movie Objectified, where I first saw and learned about Jony Ive. As years passed by, I learned about Tony Fadell and Elon Musk.

When I wanted to learn about debt, investing, and retirement, I came across Dave Ramsey. After about a couple of years — after reading some of his books, listening to his podcasts, and watching YouTube clips — when my focus was switching to increasing my income, I magically came across Grant Cardone. All along the way, I began watching Shark Tank — where I learned about Mark Cuban, Daymond John and Robert Herjavec — and The Profit— where I learned about Marcus Lemonis.

To this day, my mentors continue to motivate and educate me in many ways that the school system never did. They influence most of my decisions, and their way of thinking mixed with my way of thinking hugely impacts my “ultimate purpose” in life.


“So that we don’t get caught up re-inveting the wheel…we all need mentors.” — J. Adan Regalado


Here’s My List of The Top 25 Mentors I Follow:

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  1. Steve Jobs (Innovation, Tech Revolution, Passion, Visionary)
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2. Andy Frisella (Business, Motivation, Leadership)

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3. Tim Cook (Leadership, Humanitarian)

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4. Tony Robbins (Motivation, Life Coach, Spirituality, Communication)

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5. Dave Ramsey (Personal Finance, Wealth)

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6. Grant Cardone (Sales, Motivation, Wealth)

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7. Jonathan “Jony” Ive (Career, Design, Innovation)

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8. Gary Vaynerchuk (Social Marketing, Motivation, Entrepreneur)

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9. Elon Musk (Innovation, Leadership, Business)

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10. Tony Fadell (Innovation, Leadership, Design)

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11. Marissa Mayer (Leadership, Career)

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12. Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey (Strength, Confidence)

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13. Jessica Alba (Innovation, Business, Entrepreneur)

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14. Marcus Lemonis (Investor, Business, Leadership)

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15. Mark Cuban (Investing, Business, Confidence)

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16. Daymond John (Business, Innovation, Investing)

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17. Robert Herjavec (Confidence, Business, Investing)

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18. Shawn “askamillionaire” Thomas (Wealth, Knowledge, Business)

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19. Andre “Dr. Dre” Young (Career, Business, Talent, Creativity)

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20. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson (Personal-Branding, Business, Entrepreneur)

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21. Ryan “Kaskade” Raddon (Positivity, Creativity, Work Ethic)

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22. Armando “Pitbull” Christian Perez (Success, Business, Investing)

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23. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (Health, Motivation, Work Ethic)

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24. Kevin Hart (Motivation, Humor, Work Ethic)

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25. Taylor Swift (Power, Influence, Human Compassion)


As the years continue to roll-on-by, My List of The Top 25 Mentors I Follow will eventually change.

– J. Adan Regalado (www.dblrdesign.com)(Twitter: @theoriginaladan)