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Imaginary Mentors

I read a lot. Books, blogs, etc. I consume a lot of information from some of the best minds around. How can I leverage that information when I need it most?

In this podcast Todd Herman suggested the concept of Imaginary Mentors.

Sometimes when we’re stuck on a problem we just want someone to tell us what to do. We seek the advice of an expert.

If you’re anything like me, your head is FULL of advice from experts. Dig deep and see if you’ve already filed the answer away.

Stop for a moment. IMAGINE a meeting with someone who’s advice you would trust.

For me this might be someone like Seth Godin, Steve Pressfield or Tim Ferriss.

Imagine you’re in a room with them and they’ve generously agreed to offer their counsel. Pose your question and then pause and wait for their answer. If you’re anything like me me you’ve consumed enough of their writing, interviews and teachings to be able to predict how they’d respond to a lot of the questions you might ask.

You carry a lot more wisdom already than you give yourself credit for. You intuitively know the answers to most of your own questions already. The trick isn’t to find a new and perfect answer. It’s to stop with the barrage of questions, second guessing and self doubt to recognise the answer you always knew.

But approaching it as if you were someone with a little distance and detachment is a good way to see the situation and its solutions with a little more perspective and clarity. Some days when we’re thrashing about in the weeds we can’t see that a solution is actually close at hand.

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