The people you choose to surround yourself with impact the way you think, act, and feel. They can affect your self-esteem, your decisions, your outlook, and your desires. And so, this is particularly important in business and as an entrepreneur when creating, launching, and growing your own business.
Also, for a woman, it can be very competitive in business. So, you want to find and surround yourself with people who can help give you every advantage possible. Women who have regular interaction and direct involvement with beneficial peers are more successful than those who don’t.
So, who are the right kind of people to help you achieve your goals, lift you up, inspire and motivate you to do and be more?
What Kind of People?
Smart – Surround yourself with winners, with people who are better than you; smarter than you. Sure, it is nice to feel on top; a higher achiever than those around you. But will they help you grow and improve? Find people who you can learn from.
Positive – Stay away from negative people; from the ones that drama always seems to find. They will only drag you down with them. Instead, surround yourself with positive attitudes. Positive people will bring out the best in you. You feel more motivated, inspired and happy when surrounded with positivity.
Inquisitive – People who ask lots of questions are knowledge seekers, desiring to understand. This is a good energy to be around. But also, listening to their questions could open you to potential new ideas that could help to solve a problem or lead to an important breakthrough.
Like-minded – When you are around people whose values match yours, you will feel uplifted and more confident, and surer of yourself and your path and purpose.
Passionate – Being around people who truly care about what they do and are taking action to achieve their dreams will inspire drive and ambition in you; to stick to your goals and achieve outcomes.
Similar path – You can learn a lot from people who have been on a similar journey to you. They have been where you are now. They can enlighten you to overcome difficulties and obstacles, with ideas for growth and improvement. They will likely have contacts who can also help you on your journey.
So, now you know the kind of people you want to surround yourself with to help you grow personally and at work or in your business. So, how do you find these people?
How to Find the Right People?
In person – Start putting yourself out there to make meaningful connections with people in your workplace or similar businesses as you – not just online. Invite them to lunch or organise informal gatherings to speak face to face.
Events – An easy way to find new positive contacts is to attend networking events, conferences and mastermind groups.
Seek outside your circle – Consider finding people in less obvious places. They can be someone who will help with your mindset. Or someone who is highly organised and can help you with focus and scheduling.
Collaborate – Reach out and offer to work on projects with other people who have a skill or idea to compliment yours. You can learn from each other or be stronger together in achieving a goal.
Speak up – Contribute in meetings or conversation. The right kind of people will encourage you to share. So, by sharing your ideas and expertise, you open yourself to finding those encouraging and supportive people.
Afar – If there are successful people you admire from afar; you can still surround yourself with them. Immerse their words in your life through podcasts, books, and videos.
When you do find the right kind of people, put in the time and effort to reconnect and nurture the relationship to keep it growing and remaining strong.
And be sure to spend time listening to and sharing not only advice but the challenges you and they have faced; the ups and the downs; the whole process and journey that leads to success.
Because the right company plus the right way to nurture your connections is key to inner and outer fulfillment and success.