by Theresa Bradley-Banta

In my article 23 Fun Questions to Ask Your Mentor I list some questions that help lighten up the mentoring session. But sometimes you really want to go deep with the questions you ask your mentor.

Here is a simple, but extraordinary, list of questions to use when talking with your mentor. These are thinking questions.

And … stick around, the best part is yet to come.

23 Extraordinary Questions to Ask Your Mentor


  1. What qualities do you look for in the people you hang out with?
  2. If you wanted to encourage innovative ideas, how would you go about it?
  3. How would you describe your personal style?
  4. How do you give credit where credit is due?
  5. If you wanted to create an environment where motivation can thrive, what’s the first thing you would do?
  6. How do you show others that you believe in them?
  7. Who has influenced you the most?
  8. What do you do to challenge your underlying beliefs, paradigms and assumptions?
  9. What would you do differently if given the opportunity?
  10. When is breaking the rules okay?
  11. What does working ‘on’ your business mean to you?
  12. What does empowerment mean to you?
  13. How and where do you find inspiration?
  14. If you wanted to find the second best answer to a question or problem, what technique would you use?
  15. Why do you do what you do?
  16. How do you approach the unknown?
  17. How do you keep your feelings from clouding your decision-making?
  18. What’s the best way to keep your eye on future results?
  19. How do you bring courage and conviction to risky situations?
  20. What values are you committed to?
  21. What do you do to live a balanced life?
  22. What are 5 key books you feel I should read, and why?
  23. What dreams and goals inspired you to succeed?


Okay, are you ready? Here’s the fun part. It’s time to ask yourself these questions.


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Theresa Bradley-Banta is an award-winning consultant, published author and sought after speaker on reality-based strategies for buying, owning and operating multifamily investment properties. She is the author of Invest In Apartment Buildings: Profit Without The Pitfalls, a guide to “no-hype” investing in apartment buildings. She is an eight-time American Business Awards winner for multiple categories: Website of the Year; Entrepreneur of the Year; Company of the Year; and Executive of the Year.