How to Build a Squad of Virtual Mentors
We keep hearing about the importance of having wonderful mentors in order to be successful. But procuring a mentor, let alone a squad of them, to help you throughout your career is much harder done than said. That's why we think it's essential for all women to build a group of virtual mentors they look up to and can turn to across multiple media platforms. We've created a guide for the types of mentors you should look for in your life and a guide of the women we look to who fit those criteria. Scroll through to build your dream squad of virtual mentors.
Look to someone you admire who's made their leadership style public. For example, we love reading books published by industry leaders like Sheryl Sandberg and Richard Branson. Sandberg advocates for equal representation it the boardroom, for equal standards in the workplace, and, most of all, for women to lean in. Branson leads his innovative company passion-first. He also praises the act of failing forward. Go to Amazon to order books from leaders you admire and read them all until you find your favorite. Then start following your favorite leaders on Twitter to get the latest on their leadership insight.
Financial savvy doesn't come naturally to everyone, but it comes much more easily if you look up to someone who demonstrates financial savvy and lives a lifestyle you admire. We look to Tory Burch for virtual financial mentorship. Burch is incredibly public about her financial wisdom and discusses how she helps female entrepreneurs build their own businesses through the Tory Burch Foundation on her blog Tory Daily.
No one can tell you how to parent, but it's comforting to have someone you can look to online for support and guidance. We love visiting The Chriselle Factor for Chriselle Lim's honest parenting reflections, stories, and photos of raising her first child. If anything, having a virtual parenting mentor expands your support system. Try visiting Hey Mama to look through blogs and potential fellow moms you admire.
If you aren't giving back to society in some way, chances are you aren't feeling totally fulfilled. Look to women who publicly support causes that you believe in. We admire Emma Watson and her role as a U.N. Ambassador for the He for She campaign. By following her Twitter and Instagram accounts, we're constantly inspired to use our voice to fight for equality.
At MyDomaine, we seek to inspire and cultivate your creativity. Hectic, demanding schedules and nonstop routines can sometimes dampen our creativity. It's important to find virtual mentors who inspire you creatively on the regular. We look to redhead extraordinaire Taylor Tomasi Hill for creative guidance. After leaving her post as artistic director for Moda Operandi, Taylor Tomasi Hill started her own flower business, TTH Blooms, and her creativity only continues to blossom. Follow her personal Instagram or business Instagram accounts for constant sources of creative inspiration.
Look to Forbes, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, or any of your favorite publications for career profiles on women whose career paths you admire. We look to our founders Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power for constant online inspiration and guidance. They are keen to share the wisdom they've learned over the last 10 years building a media company with multiple websites, partnerships, and cross-media content and commerce platforms.
It's not easy to be successful. But it's especially difficult and admirable to be successful and uphold a core sense of values. When it comes to a set of values we admire, we can look no further than Huffington Post's Third Metric. Arianna Huffington has made it her mission to write about, discuss, and embody the third metric of success—well-being. Huffington is a tremendous advocate for sleep and for creating a balanced lifestyle. Her books, articles, public appearances, and active social media accounts make it easy to use Huffington as a virtual values mentor.
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Do you have a virtual mentor? Share who you look to for guidance with us in the comments.