Motivation: It’s Now About What You Know, But Who You Know


When it comes to your career, networking can make you or break you. People often say it’s not about what you know but who you know. The same can hold true for your productivity and ultimately, success in whatever you choose to do.

How you might ask? It’s pretty simple. No matter what it is, everything we do and everything we are is influenced, to an extent, by someone else. There are people we look up to, people we love, people we love to hate, etc. The list can go on and on.

Let’s take a closer look at one particular list – the people who motivate us. Motivation in itself is something that is hard to create and even harder to keep going.  While it’s something you can only create for yourself, the people around you have a heavy influence on it at well. Here are the 3 groups of people you should surround yourself with:

People with the same goals.

When you want to get something done, the best way to do it is to surround yourself with people who want to achieve the same thing. Whether your goal is big or small, being in the same company as people who want the same thing as you will do wonders for your productivity, efficiency, and overall success. As a group, you will help each other stay focused and get to your end goal faster. You’ll also be able to trade ideas and brainstorm. Two minds are better than one.

People who you want to be five years from now.

If you’re looking at a more long time goal, one of the best ways to achieve it is to learn from someone who already has. Network as much as you can. Meet people who have already been in your shoes and successfully gotten to where you want to be. It’s amazing how much you can learn just from hearing someone’s experiences. Even if you don’t choose to follow the same path, you can gain so much knowledge just learning about what worked and what didn’t work from someone who has already been there.

People who understand and support your goals.

Even if the people around you don’t have the same goals, it’s important that they at least understand what your goals are and support them as well. You want to surround yourself with people who want you to succeed and will push you in the right direction when you need it.

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