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Your board of mentors

A mentor is someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a (less experienced and often a younger and less successful) person.

I believe that no matter how experienced you are, no matter how successful you are, you still need mentors.

To me, a mentor is not just one person. It should be a group of people helping you on different areas of life and work. It can be someone who’s living in a different country, and many times a mentor is not someone you are talking to on a regular basis. Let me clarify with a few examples.

Board of mentors

I started out building my board of mentors years ago, adding people that knows they are mentoring me, and people who are doing it by just being who they are, and finally by being part of a mentoring program.

I have seven categories of mentors:

The mentors won’t be there forever. If I switch jobs, I’ll be removing some of the mentors and adding new. Some of the mentors are people who are working with me and knows that they are mentoring me in specific areas. Other mentors are people I have a relationship with and I ask questions on a regular basis. Finally, there are mentors I don’t communicate directly with.

Anytime, anywhere

Some of the mentors are bloggers. Some of the mentors are podcasters. We might not be having a dialogue, but I read what they’ve written and/or listen to what they’re saying. Many times, that’s enough.

Some of my mentors are people I work with, or people I aspire to be. Some of my mentors are people who are a lot younger than me (my kids). The latter helps me look at life in a different way.

My latest addition to the board of mentors is Thrive15 (affiliate link), an online community of mentors. I’m learning practical business skills by watching focused and entertaining videos taught by world-class mentors.

4 responses to “Your board of mentors”

  1. Hi Jens,

    You are so right about all that you’ve written 🙂

    Yes, mentors are people who guide us directly or indirectly, and I think we all need mentors. To be able to learn from people is a wonderful way to gain knowledge and widen your horizons, and if you can be guided in the right direction, whichever profession you’re in, you’re bound to make progress.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

    • Hi Harleena,

      That’s my experience as well. It’s so much easier to make progress if you learn from people who are already successful in the different areas. One thing I haven’t done yet, is to get myself an accountability partner. But, I believe an accountability partner is very important as well.

      Thank you for your feedback. Have a nice week ahead, you too 🙂

  2. Adrienne says:

    Hey Jens,

    I think we all should have a mentor at some point in time. I’ve had a few myself that I’ve followed and learned from. I’ve also hired some coaches that I still continue to follow and learn from because I have worked with them and know more of the behind the scenes advice that they give.

    We all move forward in our lives and our business. So with each new step we may need different information to help us along which is why we would need different mentors at times. As you clearly pointed out here, they can be from so many different places or areas.

    Glad to hear you’re participating in a community right now and I’m sure it’s benefiting you greatly.


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