When speaking to Nicole Baldassarre, Director of Sales for InSpace, on my “Empowering Women in Educational Leadership” October 18th episode, she said that the best thing she has done in her professional career was to “Create a Fictional Board of Directors” to help guide her personally and professionally.


Life is a journey filled with twists, turns, and unexpected challenges. Navigating this path can be much smoother when you have the right guidance and support. Just as a successful company has a board of directors to provide expertise and direction, you too can benefit from creating your fictional board of directors — a group of mentors who can guide you through different aspects of your life. In this blog, we’ll explore the importance of finding mentors for various facets of your life and how they can be reliable sources of wisdom and inspiration throughout your journey.

The Concept of a Fictional Board of Directors

Imagine assembling a group of individuals, each an expert in a different area of life, to advise and mentor you. This is your fictional board of directors. These mentors don’t need to be physically present in your life; they can be historical figures, authors, philosophers, or even fictional characters whose wisdom and experiences resonate with you.

The Value of Mentors in Your Life

1. Personal Growth: Having mentors in your life can be like having a compass for personal growth. They can help you understand your strengths and weaknesses, offer guidance on self-improvement, and encourage you to step out of your comfort zone.

2. Career Development: Finding a mentor in your chosen field can provide invaluable insights, career advice, and networking opportunities. They can share their experiences, help you set goals, and inspire you to pursue your ambitions.

3. Emotional Support: Life can be emotionally challenging at times. Mentors can provide a listening ear, offer wisdom on handling difficult situations, and share their own stories of resilience and perseverance.

4. Values and Ethics: Mentors can help you navigate ethical dilemmas and make decisions that align with your values. They can serve as role models for integrity and ethical behavior.

5. Skill Development: Whether you want to learn a new skill or enhance existing ones, mentors can provide guidance, resources, and feedback to help you improve and achieve your goals.

Building Your Fictional Board of Directors

1. Identify Your Needs: Start by identifying the areas of your life where you need guidance and support. These could include career, personal development, relationships, creativity, and more.

2. Seek Diverse Perspectives: Look for mentors from a variety of backgrounds and fields. Diverse perspectives can enrich your thinking and provide a well-rounded approach to problem-solving.

3. Learn from Their Stories: Study the lives and works of your chosen mentors. Read their books, watch interviews, and immerse yourself in their experiences to gain a deeper understanding of their wisdom.

4. Apply Their Wisdom: Use the insights and advice you gather from your mentors to make positive changes in your life. Take action on the lessons you’ve learned to achieve your goals.

5. Stay Open to New Mentors: As you grow and evolve, your needs may change. Be open to finding new mentors who can provide guidance and inspiration for your current life stage.

Creating your fictional board of directors is a powerful way to tap into the wisdom and experiences of mentors who can guide you through life’s challenges and opportunities. By seeking mentors in various aspects of your life, you can continually learn, grow, and evolve. Remember that these mentors don’t need to be physically present; their wisdom can be found in books, writings, and the lessons they’ve left behind. Embrace the concept of a fictional board of directors, and let it serve as a source of inspiration and guidance throughout your lifelong journey. For guidance along your journey, reach out to me for a free consultation at www.drstephanieduguid.com, I would love to help you!