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Growing up, I loved sports, but I absolutely sucked at basketball. Really. After my first year, I’m pretty sure I was asked to quit the team. As a soccer player trying to play hoops, I somehow could not for the life of me figure out how to use my hands and remembering all the plays was just not happening for me.

One thing I was not terrible at however, was free throws. If I got the opportunity, my team could always count on me to sink those and those points were often my only contribution to the scoreboard.

I was great at free throws because I could visualize the ball going into the basket before I shot it.

And it did.

Every time (almost).

Visualization is incredibly powerful for me. And it can be a huge competitive advantage for you in your career.

Which is why I always encourage my friends (and now I’m encouraging you) to find a mentor. “Mentor” may not quite be the right word but “Idol” doesn’t feel right either. What I mean is, find someone who inspires you to visualize your career like theirs.

This could be someone you know, someone you work for, or someone more high profile in your industry. As long as this person makes you think “I want to be like them,” or “I want my business to be like theirs.”

This will help you start to create a detailed visual for yourself and who you want to be so you can start to take steps to get there.

If you can’t find this person in your current job - you may need to look outside the workplace - or you may not be in the right career for you. Look at your bosses, if their life doesn’t fit your visual, should you be really be doing what you’re doing?

For my husband, one of his examples is Bill Belichick, and while they are in completely different industries, Bill’s leadership skills help my husband build his visual for himself and his business. #nodaysoff amirite?

For me, this person is Tory Burch. I don’t know Tory personally (obviously) and to be frank I can’t even afford most of her products - #startuplife. My admiration for Tory is about her background, her work ethic, and her purpose. Tory built her brand from her kitchen table, with zero design experience and three children. Social purpose was built into her brand’s DNA from the start and she uses her position to support other female entrepreneurs. She helps me form the details in my visual for Brunswick Park.

But Tory Burch isn’t the only contributor in my visual - people I know personally are also critical components. People you actually get the opportunity to talk to can fill in the little details that you just can’t get from someone you don’t know on that level. Aman Advani, founder and CEO of Ministry of Supply, for example, is someone I am fortunate enough to meet with regularly. He is incredibly smart, thoughtful and despite being incredibly busy he always makes time for me.  He is the epitome of an excellent leader for his team. When I think about our growing team at Brunswick Park, I think about Aman’s leadership skills and put them into my visual.

My visuals gets more and more detailed with every person I meet, read about or hear about on NPR’s “How I Built This.”

So I want to end this post by asking you who inspires your visual? And if you’re so inclined leave their name in the comments section. You never know who’s visual you’ll be helping...

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