There are a number of factors that can make entrepreneurs successful. At the forefront are hard work, drive and constant self-improvement. However, one factor that’s frequently overlooked are the types of people entrepreneurs associate with.
This isn’t a revolutionary idea. After all, Jim Rohn famously said, “You are the average of the five people you most associate with.”
But what types of people should you be surrounding yourself with? Here are the 12 types of people all entrepreneurs should have in their inner circle.
1. People who are smarter than you
Andrew Carnegie famously suggested his epitaph should read, “Here lies a man who was able to surround himself with men far cleverer than himself.” And that’s exactly what he did: Carnegie surrounded himself with an excellent team that helped him sell U.S. Carnegie Steel to JP Morgan’s U.S. Steel for a staggering $400 million in 1901.
Entrepreneurs who want to succeed need to check their egos at the door. That means realizing you aren’t always the smartest person in the room.
Surrounding yourself with smarter people not only challenges you to bring your A-game, but it also allows you to learn new things and develop new ideas.
Plus, if you bring these people into your startup, it makes your workload lighter. Why spend an entire day coding when a more talented coder could do the task in a couple hours?
2. Those who love life
General Colin Powell once said, “Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.”
We often are consumed by the entrepreneurial lifestyle, where we’re working insane hours every week. That might work for some entrepreneurs, like Elon Musk, but he’s an anomaly. Most of us need to take a step back and enjoy life.
Sometimes, it takes someone else to make you realize this. It could be a friend who had a near-death experience; as a result, he lives life to the fullest. Spend as much time as possible with these types of people. It gives you a new perspective on life, exposes you to new experiences and prevents burnout.
3. People who ask lots of questions
As entrepreneurs, we should never stop asking questions about ourselves or our businesses. In the daily grind, we sometimes get complacent and stop asking important questions.
However, if there’s an inquisitive person in your inner circle, this isn’t a concern. She’s going to ask questions that provide a different angle or insight to an issue or idea. These questions can lead to a new breakthrough for you or your business.
4. Ambitious, passionate people
No matter how self-motivated and passionate you are, there are times when you feel defeated and exhausted. It happens to the best of us.
When you feel a bit down, you can always turn to those who have goals, want to accomplish more in life and have the big picture in mind. These people also tend to be optimistic and supportive.
Will that solve everything? No. But it will make you feel more …read more
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