Finding a Mentor

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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

Podcast Summary:

  • 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

Random Three Questions:

  1. Who was an influential mentor in your life?
  2. Would you rather vacation in warm or cold weather?
  3. What is your favorite tv show, past or present?


Who is an important mentor in your life? Do you mentor other people? How should people find a good mentor?

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Shannon is a financial planner who left a “traditional” financial services firm to start her own company, The Financial Gym, because she felt traditional financial services firms did not have the tools or resources to help people in their 20s and 30s who are starting out and trying to build assets while also managing debt. She realized that the key to long-term personal financial success is a commitment to financial fitness and making smart financial choices. Through her blog, Financially Blonde, her book, Train Your Way To Financial Fitness, her podcast, Martinis and Your Money and The Financial Gym, Shannon is committed to making financial fitness fun, easy and accessible for everyone.


  1. 30 mentors! Wow! That must have been great because she was able to become successful. I have some mentors who have influenced and still influencing me in financial aspect. Definitely, I am still looking for more mentors who help become financially knowledgeable and responsible.

  2. One important mentor in my life is my mom. She taught me everything on finances. I am glad that she equipped with the right skills. Now, I am sharing my knowledge with my kids on how they can be financially informed and responsible.

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