Stick with winners. Surround yourself with people who will make you smarter, healthier, happier, and more successful.
Personal and Professional Life
In your personal and professional life, surround yourself with winners. Learning how these people have become successful and remain successful can help you learn how to build success in your own personal and professional life.
Additionally, these successful people can help you network with other successful people. On a broader basis join groups full of successful people.
On many levels throughout your career, your network of successful people can open doors to new opportunities for greater success.
Winners and Setbacks
Everyone has setbacks. Successful people have experience in overcoming setbacks. Through their experience, they can provide you with mental and emotional guidance. They can inspire us to be successful again. Often, these people have experience and knowledge in dealing with situations that challenge us. They can become practical guides or advisors in tackling challenging situations and overcoming setbacks.
If we are the team leader, pick winners for your team. Add people who have experience and skills that add to your own experience and skills. Even, hire people who are smarter than you. These people will only help you make better decisions. As they grow, reward them with positive reviews and opportunities for promotion. Remember that someday these people may be able to help you move up in your career.
Winners in Your Personal Life
Outside of work, stick with winners who are your friends.
I have friends and mentors who are doctors, attorneys, members of the clergy, engineers, bankers, contractors, state administrators, chemists, judges, athletes, and others. I became friends with these people, because I enjoy their company. These people are interesting and intelligent people and teach me many things within the scope of their profession.
However, I do not pick my friends for their professional advice. My friends are people with whom I bond over common interests.
I have had occasions when my friends have provided me with professional services. I met them in their office for professional purposes. One friend wrote my will. Another wrote an employment contract. Another friend became my primary care physician. For these purposes, I paid these people and met them in their office.
On the other hand, I have friends who have the knowledge to point me in the right direction. For example, one friend who is a doctor, during lunch, recommended that I see a dermatologist.
A second friend who is a chemist calmed my fears about my liability over a fire that broke out in one of my offices. I was anxious about the damage to a building from the sprinkler system. He said that the fire department would likely find the cause of the fire and that my business could not have caused that fire.
As it turned out, the fire investigators found that a smoker had thrown a cigarette into a waste paper basket and started the fire. The fire activated the ceiling sprinkler system, which had immediately extinguished the fire before the evidence (the cigarette butt and the trash) had completely burned in the basket.
Another example is that my friend who is a senior state administrator is terrific in negotiations and has helped me work through more than one difficult discussion with clients and other friends.
Stick with Winners
As you pick your friends around the office and after work, pick people who can help you grow as a professional and as a person. I have found that picking friends in this way has made my life more fun, more interesting, and has helped me through countless challenging situations.