As Nev says, you are often the “composite average of the top five people you hang around.” Which can sometimes be bleak for an aspiring entrepreneur that doesn’t live in Silicon Valley in the sense that the top five people you hang around aren’t likely to have the traits that you need to be successful in business. But, as Nev also points out, you can get around this:
Let’s get started fixing this problem immediately.
The goal here is to become influence by GREAT people who have legitimately achieved GREAT things. And here’s a way to get DIRECTLY INFLUENCED by some of the greatest humans in history.
That’s it. Read.
It sounds so simple…but let me explain a little more.
Read auto-biographies where great people first-handedly describe their lives.
It’s incredible what you’ll pick up from these.
You’ll learn how they handled problems.
How they think.
How they defied odds.
You’ll learn about their triumphant successes…as well as all the miserable failures it took to reach them.
While I think it’s critically important for any entrepreneur to have a small group of other local business owners to meet with semi-regularly, and a few other ones to communicate with over the web regularly and meet with occasionally, I’m also increasingly realizing the importance of “surrounding” yourself with great people in the blogs you read, people you follow on Twitter, magazines you read, books you read, podcasts you listen to, and videos you watch. In doing so, you can open yourself up to the influence of many magnitudes more people than you could ever interact with individually.