Challenge: Identify 3 Virtual Mentors

Today’s Work It Daily Challenge is to identify three virtual mentors. Mentors are important influencers in your life. They are people who inspire you, shape you, and coach you. While mentors could be family members, bosses, colleagues, professional acquaintances, or friends, you don’t necessarily have to know someone in person for them to be a mentor to you. We call these people “virtual mentors.” They’re people who inspire you from afar. Whether they’re celebrities, successful business people, authors, or something else, keep them “nearby.” You don’t have to know someone personally in order for them to have a positive effect on your life. These people can inspire, shape, and coach you through their books, actions, values, missions, talks, videos, quotes, and more. As long as you look up to them, it doesn’t matter if you meet them for coffee once a month or not. One of my virtual mentors is Marie Forleo. She’s a successful business coach and entrepreneur, and she is someone who has “encouraged” me to look outside the box when it comes to business. Even though I only connect with her once a week through her email newsletter and videos, she still has had a great influence on my career. Everyone has different virtual mentors depending on their personality, goals, and personal preference. Some people will connect with you and others will not. You can have all kinds of different virtual mentors - they don’t all have to be in the same category (i.e., business coach). For example, your virtual mentors could include people like:

  • Mark Cuban
  • Shonda Rhimes
  • Taylor Swift
  • Tom Brady
Today, identify at least three “virtual mentors” who inspire, educate, or influence you to be better. Once you’ve identified who those people are, take some time each week to learn more about them, their journeys, and how they got where they are now. A little inspiration can go a long way. Who are you virtual mentors? Why do they inspire you? If you need help staying accountable or just need additional guidance, check out our NEW Career Coaching Subscription package. Email a career coach as much as you want and get the answers you need on the go. Learn more here.

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My grandparents owned a two-story walkup in Brooklyn, New York. When I was a child, my cousins and I would take turns asking each other questions, Trivial Pursuit style. If we got the question correct, we moved up one step on the staircase. If we got the question wrong, we moved down one step. The winner was the person who reached the top landing first. While we each enjoyed serving as the “master of ceremonies on 69th Street,” peppering each other with rapid-fire questions, I enjoyed the role of maestro the most of all my cousins. I suppose I was destined to be an educator.

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