Find your guide
Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 8:22PM

Recently I was reminded about how important those special people are in my life who help give perspective, honesty and knowledge. Mentors.

I don't have a formal person who comes to my office every other month and sits down to review my resume and long term goals. But I am lucky enough to have access to a great portfolio of expert advisors who often help me find and make the right decisions when the path forward is not clear. Sometimes it's not the same person for the same job, but I have broken them down into 5 personas that are my own 'board of advisors'.


1. The 'price is what you pay and value is what you get' guy 

Always making sure I question if I am being both efficient and effective for myself and my clients. Sometimes I can start spending my time on things that just aren't that important but my value guy keeps me stepping back to make sure I am working on the big picture.

2. The 'never stop learning' guy

After spending a lot of hours over the last 4 years in the routine of a University, it was tempting to throw the books, blogs and podcasts up in the air with the proverbial scholars cap. But my learned friends remind me that learning is a lifelong pursuit. Gandhi said best "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."

3. The 'leave everything better than you found it' gal

If you pick it up, then own it and finish it. How you act, how you deliver and the energy, passion and care taken say a little something about who you are. When I need a trusted ear to temper professional ambition with personal integrity this mentor keeps my feet on the ground

4. The innovator

Innovation lives on the edge of crazy ideas. Never be afraid to give something a go, to fail miserably (but learn!) and always have fun (otherwise what's the point?). The innovator is both the angel and the devil on my shoulder who helps me question everything and continue to adapt.

5. The 'keep it real' guy

Sometimes with my head in the clouds, I need to be pulled back down to ground. We all can get caught up in the moment, the opportunity or the crowd but we all need those who know us best to help us keep it real. Sometimes it's your boss or maybe your mum, but you always know when it happens.

Who are the board of advisors in your life? 

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