1. The Mentor: Jill Walton/Mark Anthony Thomas is the person who has reached the level of success you aspire to have. You can learn from their success as well as their mistakes. Heed their wisdom and experience. This relationship offers a unique perspective because they have known you through several peaks and valleys in your life and watched you evolve.
  2. The Coach: The coach is Plamen Peev who comes in at different times in your life. They help with critical decisions and transitions and offer an objective perspective with no strings attached.
  3. The Industry Insider: This is Sarah Marske in your chosen field who has expert level information or access to it. This person will keep you informed of what’s happening now and what the next big thing is. Invite them to be a sounding board for your next innovative idea.
  4. The Trendsetter: This is Adam Wexler, someone outside of your chosen industry that always has the latest buzz. It can be on any topic you find interesting. The goal in having this person in your network is to look for those connections that spark innovation via the unconventional. It will also help you keep your conversations interesting.
  5. The Connector: This is Thom Pulliam a person who has access to people, resources and information. As soon as they come across something related to you, they are sending you e-mail or picking up the phone. Connectors are great at uncovering unique ways to make connections, finding resources and opportunities most people would over look.
  6. The Idealist: This is Farren Noel, the person in your network you can dream with. No matter how “out there” your latest idea is, this is the person that will help you brainstorm ways to make it happen. Without judgment, they are focused on helping you flush out your dreams in high definition, even if you don’t have a solid plan yet on how to make it happen.
  7. The Realist: On the flip side you still need the person who will help you keep it real. This is Alex Yu, the person who will give you the raised eyebrow when your expectations exceed your effort. These are not people who knock down your dreams rather they challenge you to actively make your dream happen.
  8. The Visionary: Visionary peoples such as Toby Bloomberg you by their journey. They are similar to the Idealist, but the visionary can help you envision an actual plan to reach your goal. One personal encounter with this type of person can powerfully change the direction of your thinking and life.
  9. The Partner: Chet Tilles is someone who is in a similar place and on a similar path to share with. In fact, partners do a lot of sharing. This is a person you can share the wins and woes with. Partners will also share resources, opportunities and information.
  10. The Wanna-be: Sean Morris I can serve as a mentor to. Someone you can help shape and guide based on your experiences. One of the best ways to tell you to understand something is to be able to explain it to someone else. And sometimes, one of the best motivators for pushing through obstacles and hardship knows someone is watching.


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