Each day I become a bigger believer in the axiom “You are the company you keep.” It’s much more efficient and fun to reach a goal by merely surrounding yourself with the right people than alternatively putting in 10 times the amount of work in the wrong environment.
Here are the people I want in my corner:
1) Truth-seekers: This is the person who’s always questioning why things work the way they do and are curious to see if changing something will alter the results.
2) Risk-takers: If you’re going to accomplish something great, you need a few of these around to keep you honest and willing to step outside your box.
3) Prideful: Excessive pride is often frowned upon but when it comes to being a professional you should always aim to be the best at what you do, even if it’s not glamorous. I feel energized when I walk into a fast-food establishment and get great service from someone who might only be making $7 an hour. If they take pride in their work what’s our excuse?
4) Super-connectors: These are our colleagues who are worldly and open minded. They don’t judge things on the surface and therefore are willing to expose themselves to different environments, people, technology, and tasks. These are the people who end up teaching you the most, bringing new worlds to your doorstep, and often open the most doors for you.
Since these traits aren’t mutually exclusive sometimes you’ll find someone who fits into two or more of these buckets, and you better welcome them with open arms.
At the end of the day possessing even just one of these qualities makes you a positive influence in my and anyone else’s life. To be the best you have to roll with the best.