Getting There: A Book of Mentors

Thirty leaders in diverse fields share their secrets

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Erik TorenbergHiring@eriktorenberg · Former Product Hunt
It is my pleasure to introduce Gillian Zoe Segal for an AMA at 11am PST. Ask questions in advance... :)!
Gillian Zoe SegalMaker@gillianzoesegal · Author, Getting There: A Book of Mentors
@eriktorenberg Thank you! I look forward to answering any questions that come my way!
Harry Stebbings@harrystebbings · Podcast Host @ The Twenty Minute VC
Hi Zoe, thanks so much for joining us! Having interviewed so many incredible leaders, if you had to choose one who inspired you the most! Who would it be and why? Btw just bought the book can't wait to read it!
Gillian Zoe SegalMaker@gillianzoesegal · Author, Getting There: A Book of Mentors
@harrystebbings Hi Harry! It's hard to include Warren Buffett in a group and not be blown away by him. Not only is he, obviously, an incredible business person, but his is also full of incredible wisdom applicable to life in general. I am very inspired by the way he conducts himself. Check out his Getting There essay.
Hash_tag_jeff@jeffumbro · Book Marketing and PR - get in touch
What'd you think of Jeff Kinney? He's kind of unique to this list.
Gillian Zoe SegalMaker@gillianzoesegal · Author, Getting There: A Book of Mentors
@jeffumbro Jeff Kinney is a real talent, very humble, ad full of inspiration. I love what her says about keeping a young idea secret....In his Getting There essay, he, explains that if you have an idea you think is a winner, you should nurture it and take your time developing it. Kinney originally thought that it would only take him a month or two to write Diary of a Wimpy Kid -- but it ended up taking him eight years. He protected himself during that time by telling very few people about it. He explains that when you broadcast your goals you are likely to either get embarrassed if you are unable to deliver or become trapped by the social pressure to follow through with exactly what you said you were going to do. If you keep an idea to yourself you’ll maintain more flexibility (and have the necessary freedom to do the best job possible).
Erik TorenbergHiring@eriktorenberg · Former Product Hunt
What is the role of mentors in these people's lives? are there common trends?
Gillian Zoe SegalMaker@gillianzoesegal · Author, Getting There: A Book of Mentors
@eriktorenberg Getting There's subtitle is "A Book of Mentors" because the subjects act as virtual mentors to the reader.. The Getting There subjects share their unguarded stories and secrets to navigating the rocky road to the top. Many do discuss the essential things they have learned from others along the way.
Erik TorenbergHiring@eriktorenberg · Former Product Hunt
for people looking to have high value mentorships, what are some of the most important things to think about?
Gillian Zoe SegalMaker@gillianzoesegal · Author, Getting There: A Book of Mentors
@eriktorenberg Look for a mentor who is generous and confident enough to be real/unguarded.