The people you surround yourself with or spend time with play a huge role in the person you turn out to be, and this cuts across all areas of life. Some entrepreneurs think that there is a disparity between their personal and business lives, but the thing is that there is no separation. All that’s there is personal consistency, and for this reason, surrounding yourself with people you respect, admire, and trust is paramount. This will not only improve you as a person, but it will also make you a better leader. So what kind of friends are ideal for an entrepreneur’s success? Here is a short guide:

People that raise you up

It might not be evident to many, but entrepreneurs’ lives can get pretty lonely as they do not have the pleasure of numerous direct peers they can seek support from. Additionally, sessions with other entrepreneurs end up becoming ego contests with everyone trying to showcase their brilliance and success. To counter all this, seek mentors and/or friends who hail from different walks of life. They might not necessarily deal with the issues that you go through, but they will still offer insight and value. And not to mention that these are people you trust, admire, and respect.

People that you look up to

Just as in our childhood and adolescence, it’s good to have a tribe of friends who see us through our time in the business world. Mentors and peers who will guide you in your career. When finding these people, there is no written formula. The best approach is to find people that you admire and would want to be like, people you can also offer value to and while interacting with them, ensure that you make the most of the time learning from them.

In conclusion, as an entrepreneur and inevitably as a leader in your own sphere, you have people who work below you. Your attitude rubs off on them. As such, if you surround yourself with people that have a negative attitude, chances are that this attitude will seep down into your organization. Additionally, your employees are affected by your moods, and the pace at which they set out on tasks can be greatly influenced by your moods. For this reason, as a leader, strive to cork your moods or feelings as you do not enjoy the same privilege of being vulnerable like the rest of the team.