Finding a Mentor
On today’s podcast, I am talking with Gillian Segal about her new book, Getting There: A Book of Mentors. I have to be honest and tell you that sometimes I get advanced copies of books to read before I interview the author; and I don’t always get the chance to read the majority of the book. In the case of Gillian Segal, she sent me an advanced copy of her book, and I expected to just skim it before our call; however, after reading a few profiles, I was hooked and didn’t want to put it down.
This book is unique in that in profiles some of the most famous people in the world not just to find out about their successes but to hear about their overall journey. What I loved most about reading it is that there are very few success stories that don’t start out with struggle. It’s nice to know that no one got to a place of success without hard work and disappointments along the way.
If you listen to this podcast, you may see that I am quite the fangirl of the material, but I think it’s important to support things that you are passionate about and for me, I am definitely passionate about mentoring and finding the right mentor.
What are we drinking?
Gillian — A paired down martini, vodka up with a twist (Grey Goose)
Shannon — Vodka shaken with fresh lime juice
- Gillian selected 30 mentors for the book including Warren Buffett, Jillian Michaels, Michael Bloomberg, and Kathy Ireland.
- She chose them based on their success and their very different backgrounds.
- Their backgrounds range from finance to surfing to magazine editing and many more.
- The people Gillian chose are very open and honest throughout the book.
- Every single person in the book has failed numerous times and picked themselves back up.
- Spanx founder, Sara Blakely, offers advice that you should keep a young idea secret from anyone who cannot directly help to move it forward.
- Shannon states the path to success is usually a bumpy one.
- One story that surprised Gillian was Anderson Cooper’s.
- Despite Cooper’s family financial fortune, his career was rocky from the very beginning.
- Sometimes you can’t wait for the perfect opportunity; you have to be willing to get out and work and maybe even accept an undesirable job.
- If you don’t have a mentor in your life, this book provides 30 of them!
- If you want to connect with Gillian, feel free to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Random Three Questions:
- Who was an influential mentor in your life?
- Would you rather vacation in warm or cold weather?
- What is your favorite tv show, past or present?