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Your Personal Board of Directors

You've likely heard of a board of directors. Companies have them and usually select members with different backgrounds and perspectives to guide their future. So if a company uses a board for insights and advice, shouldn't we all have something similar for our lives?

Enter a personal board of directors. I just recently learned about this, and it takes the idea of a network or community up to a whole other level. In the same way companies select board members who can provide them different perspectives based on experiences, industry, and more, surrounding yourself with people who can help you grow can have the same powerful effect. As you set goals for your life, what would help you? Are you looking to learn more about a path or opportunity? Are you hoping to change careers or start a company? Are you looking to learn more about yourself and how to set goals that you really want? That's where your personal board of directors comes in. These individuals share their knowledge, they are there to support you when you need it and challenge you too. These are the people you can call for advice. These are the people you can count on when you need them, no matter what.

So how do you get a personal board of directors if you don't have one? Similar to mentorship relationships, this takes time and knowing what you want to get out of your board. You have to know what you are looking for, to know what you need. Get clear on what your goals are (check out the "What do you want" blog post for tips on clarity) so you know who may be able to help you get there. Then you want to see who you already know who may be a good fit for your board, and where there may be gaps and new insights you want to seek. I always recommend putting yourself out there. Join new communities, give networking events a shot, you never know who you might meet that will open new doors to you. Lastly, make time to connect regularly, and authentically. This could be virtual chats together, breaking bread, or using text messages to quickly exchange ideas and ask questions.

It's worth noting that your board will likely change as your goals, and you, change over time. Keep evaluating what you need, what you want, and what you need to get there.

What do you say, are you going to try the personal board of directors? Leave a comment and share your thoughts!

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