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Success doesn’t occur in a vacuum. In reality, there are a number of factors that lead to the success of an entrepreneur. Hard work and drive are always necessary for entrepreneurial success, but your personal improvement leading up to your success can be greatly driven by other people.

The people we choose to surround ourselves with impacts the way we think, act, and feel on a day-to-day basis. In many ways, entrepreneurial success is determined much like success in any other aspect of life. We see it in business and beyond: A young football player is going to succeed if he surrounds himself with people who push him to become better, not people who distract him from his goals.


The world’s most successful people – in business, politics and more – agree that you are who you surround yourself with. But don’t take it from us – they’ve said it themselves.

The only thing that changes our life long-term is when we raise our standards.” – Tony Robbins

“Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who’ll argue with you.” – John Wooden

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain

“Surround yourself with those who only lift you higher.” – Oprah Winfrey

“It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.” – Warren Buffett

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn

People Who Elevate You

We all have goals in our lives, but which objectives are musts in your book? The pursuits you choose to invest time in are a reflection of your standards, and so are your relationships. Are you trying to grow your business? If so, then why would you choose to hang around people who bring negativity and distraction into your life?

Maybe you’ve just gotten used to having certain people around or are worried about moving on. Don’t let fear ruin your life. When you actively choose to surround yourself with people who make you happy and who share your ambitions, it elevates the standard of what you will or won’t tolerate in your business and your life.

People who ask questions

Albert Einstein once said “the important thing is to not stop questioning.

As entrepreneurs, we should constantly be asking questions about ourselves and our business. However, no single person will think of every important question. People who ask questions may provide a different angle on an issue or an idea, and these questions could ultimately lead to an important breakthrough for you or your business. Perspective is everything.

Who are Already Successful

If you want to accelerate your success, it’s important to surround yourself with people you can learn from. Join a mastermind group or find someone who is already getting the results you want. They have a strategy for success, whether they know it or not, and by spending time with them you can develop a similar one. How does this person respond to conflict? How do they network and forge relationships with key contacts? What habits have they established that lead to their greatness? Observe their patterns and see how you can adapt similar ones into your life.

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