We all know it’s a great idea to have mentors. People who’ve achieved success in the areas we’re aspiring to make our own. People who can guide us and offer tough love when necessary. Mentors who can help us get where we want faster and with less heartache.
It’s amazing to have a mentor who you have direct access to. Somebody who can give you individualised attention and bespoke advice. However, that’s not the only way to enjoy mentorship!
We’re so lucky to live in an age where we can be mentored by people who live thousands of miles away from us. People we may never get to meet in person and who may never even know our names!
Here are some of my “virtual” mentors. People who, not just inspire me but, who I actively study and learn from.
Steal my mentors
Rachel Rodgers is an intellectual property attorney, business coach and the founder of Hello Seven – a club that empowers entrepreneurial women to build $1m mindsets & businesses.
I remember coming across her several years ago and becoming an instant fan. First: it was exciting to see a fellow black woman in a space that, especially at that time, was so devoid of us. Second: her content and offerings were so compelling – I was convinced I had much to learn from her.
Fast-forward to 2020 and discovering her membership programme – We Should All Be Millionaires: The Club.
It’s inspired by the fact (i.e. backed by data!) that:
“when marginalized communities have more money, they have an extremely positive impact on the entire world community… When women have more money and more power, education improves. Companies improve. Agricultural output improves. The GDP improves. Charities get funded. People get fed… When marginalized populations become wealthier, EVERYONE wins.”
Being a part of her Club has been amazing for: addressing my money mindset and blocks; helping me clarify where I want to go with my business and giving me the necessary frameworks to structure my strategy; transforming my approach to personal effectiveness; and helping me to finish 2020 with an over 45% increase in revenue from the pre-pandemic year before!
Amy Porterfield is an online marketing educator. She teaches business owners, educators and entrepreneurs, the profitable strategies and action steps for building a highly engaged email list, creating online training courses, and using online marketing strategies to sell with ease.
Each episode of her top-ranking podcast has me taking copious notes and actually implementing her recommendations, with great results!
In fact, it was one of those episodes that pushed me to start my Free to Create programme last year.
I ended up signing up for her amazing Digital Course Academy which I’m working through, to help me relaunch my programme, before the end of this year. Between what I learn from Amy and Rachel – two women who’ve built multi-million empires from scratch and who do what they do from a desire to empower more and more women to thrive – I feel like my future is in incredible hands! It’s now down to me to do the work and follow through with my intentions.
Justina Blakeney is a creative extraordinaire who also happens to be a kick-ass entrepreneur. I’ve been following her on the internet for more than 10 years and watching her phenomenal journey has been the best creative business inspiration ever!
What I love most about Justina is how she’s stayed true to herself throughout the process.
Related: Check in with your purpose
She proves once again, the power of being yourself when it comes to your branding and your business (fearless branding!). I mean, I wouldn’t be surprised if “jungalow” has become a word recognised in the dictionary!
I actively study what Justina does and see what I can apply to my own creative business journey. Her Instagram is also just a happy, happy place.
Austin Kleon is a New York Times bestselling author of a trilogy of illustrated books about creativity. His books are more like manifestos, encouraging everybody to Steal Like An Artist, Show Your Work and Keep Going.
When you explore more of his thoughts, experiments and practices, there is a lot to learn about how to live a full, mindful, prolific and of course super creative, life.
His eclectically curated weekly newsletter has helped me to discover and learn about all manner of interesting and useful things.
Dr. Benjamin Hardy is an organizational psychologist and bestselling author. He delivers personal development education in a very powerful, no-nonsense, backed by science kind of way!
A lot of my own experiments in goal-setting, time management and personal effectiveness are inspired by what I’ve learned from him.
Passing it on
Two of my key strengths (according to my CliftonStrengths assessment) are ‘Input’ and ‘Learner.’ And indeed, I have a need to collect and archive, as well as a great desire to learn and continuously improve. I love to simplify, contextualise or repackage what I learn for others.
Who are your mentors?