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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:

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So, you are a recent college graduate. You keep hearing about the lack of available jobs and that recent graduates are taking jobs that do not require a degree. You don’t think you can stand out from the crowd. And, the worst part is that your parents, relatives, and friends are asking what you plan to do with your degree. Yes, this is quite depressing. Yes, this does not make you feel good about starting a job search. Perhaps you are even asking yourself why you bothered to get a degree in the first place. Stop! Stop the negative self-talk! Because, there is good news for you!

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I’ve heard it said that people don’t leave organizations, they leave managers. If this is true, then what is it about these particular managers that cause people to bail? What poor behaviors are being displaying that drive talent away and risk the success of their organizations? Related: 7 Tips For Becoming A Leader At Work If you are in a leadership role, now is the time to pay attention. Here is my list of eight bad leadership behaviors you must eliminate if you want to keep top talent and set the stage for your organization to prosper and thrive.

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