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If you read blogs like this, you’ve probably been inundated with ads for Tai Lopez’ new venture, Mentorbox. I know that I have.
Mentorbox is a paid summary subscription that is designed to help you ‘reading like a CEO’ and ‘connect with authors’.
In this article, I’ll look into Mentorbox Write an honest review.
Before we start, personally, I don’t like the Mentorbox platform at all. Their messaging is scammy, it is too expensive for what it is, there’s a lot of pricey upsells and there are a lot of alternatives that are a lot better for similar prices or even cheaper.
Having said that, I’ll try to keep my personal prejudices out of this review (until the rant at the end).
In this section, we’ll break down what Mentorbox is, pricing, the pros and cons, and alternatives.
What is Mentorbox?
A membership service that makes you read like a CEO is an option.
For as low as $7 per month, book summaries by the authors allow you to read twice as many books in half the time.
Sounds pretty good, hey…
Mentorbox’s monthly membership promises this promise.
You can read multiple non-fiction books in one month with audio and video summaries. This allows you to absorb the most important lessons in a fraction the time.
What is included with your Mentorbox subscription
Mentorbox has two subscription options. You can choose to sign up for either a digital or physical subscription.
The digital subscription cost $7 and includes:
- Access to the online learning platform, where you can search for books and learn key lessons.
- Video lessons for over 500 hours
- Audio recordings of summaries from many books
- Workbooks you can download
- To help memory, cheatsheets
- Other relevant study materials
- Private Mentorbox mastermind group (a Facebook group)
The physical subscription is more expensive (see below).
You will find a lot of physical copies and physical copies of all study materials in the physical box.
How much does Mentorbox cost?
Mentorbox offers two subscription options, one for each product.
Basic program costs $7 per month. However, some customers have complained about the company charging them more (more on that later).
There is also a physical subscription option, but it is insanely expensive for what it is.
The thought of paying $1,499 a year for what’s ultimately 24 books and summaries you can find for next to nothing online seems crazy to me.
Okay, so my ‘keep my prejudices to myself’ goal hasn’t really worked out yet. There are, however, some positive aspects to the service, just like with any book summary service.
Book summaries are an excellent way to learn the key concepts and ideas of books. I’ve found that I can often only learn one or two lessons from a book.
If you don’t have the time to develop a reading habit, or you don’t enjoy reading, then condensing your learning by reading summaries is a great alternative.
A book summary can also be a great way for you to get the essentials of the book and decide if it’s worth reading the whole thing.
From what I’ve seen in the author videos, they’re not as engaging as you’d like to imagine. They are too awkward and scripted. I would rather a PowerPoint presentation rather than the author staring into the screen trying to hide the fact they’re reading their notes.
Additionally, each author seems to be trying to convince you to take their course or buy their books. At times it almost feels like you’re paying a membership fee just to be sold to again.
To add to that, from what I can see, the $7 option is very basic and the selection of books isn’t that great. The physical subscription is outrageously expensive.
Finally, the messaging of the whole business feels very scammy, with phrases like ‘what if you could achieve everything you ever wanted in your business or job?’ getting thrown around more than I am comfortable with.
There is an important distinction: reading book summaries and books can be a huge benefit, but it is just a fraction of what is required to succeed in any other endeavor.
After all, if all you needed to do to become wealthy was read ‘Think and Grow Rich’, then there’d be a hell of a lot more millionaires.
Mentorbox, for example, makes it seem like you don’t need to read any book summaries in order to achieve all your goals.
And, there’s the thing I mentioned earlier before about Mentorbox overcharging their customers.
Wait… what do you mean they’re overcharging?
You can find a few comments and reviews online that say Mentorbox guys overcharge customers and do little to no good.
Be aware that these comments may not be true. The information is available from many different sources, so I feel it belongs here.
These are just a few comments I found online.
Now, don’t get me wrong… while I am not a fan of Mentorbox, I believe that book summaries can be a great tool for business owners.
If you’re looking to read book summaries you can check out Blinkist, which is probably my favorite paid monthly service. For more information, you can read our Blinkist review.
Or you can check out our long-form book summaries.
You can find short summaries of books in our collection. It is continuously being updated.
If you haven’t picked up on it by now, I don’t recommend purchasing Mentorbox, or even the free trial.
Not only are they blowing smoke up the butt of anyone who visits the website with their messaging, but they’re also seemingly ripping numerous customers off with overcharging and avoiding responding to cancellation emails.
You should not believe even half the comments I have read.
You’re far better off trying Blinkist for free and seeing if you like that.