We are continuing our series – 5 Things Successful Women do Differently. This series is based on five things I shared with my niece during a recent conversation we had about success.  I told her to become successful she will need to follow a proven formula.  Since success leaves clues, the formula wouldn’t be hard to decipher.  Last week, we talked about Self-Care.  Today we’re going to talk about surrounding yourself with brilliant people!

The fourth thing that successful women do differently – They surround themselves with brilliant people!

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” -Jim Rohn

Some people can be parasites. They suck out your happiness, energy and maybe some of your tangible resources as well. You can put spending time with them in the same category as eating nachos on the couch.

Brilliant people on the other hand will enrich your life. Here are five reasons to surround yourself with brilliant people.

  1. They Inspire you to be a better person.
  2. They Provide you with motivation to achieve your goals.
  3. They celebrate rather than tolerate you.
  4. They stretch you out of your comfort zone.
  5. They bring a different perspective to life.

Think About the People you spend the most time with and write down their qualities.  Now think of how they interact and affect you.

  • Do they make you feel like you have what it takes to reach your goals?
  • Do they support you?
  • Do you feel happy and energized after spending time with them?

If you answered “yes” to these questions, you’re probably already surrounded by the brilliant people you need. If you answered no, make a commitment to start spending more time with people who add to your shine instead of taking away from it.

According to his book – ‘7 Steps to Develop Healthy Relationships with Anyone‘ by James Justin – (I might know who that is… lol); here are the first 3 steps to help you connect and build relationships with brilliant people:

  1. Be self-aware: When you know and understand who you truly are, you will be in a better position to accept others as they truly are.
  2. Be selective: According to Aristotle, “A friend to all is a friend to none.” Being selective will ensure you surround yourself with those who are best suited to be in your circle of influence.
  3. Be the friend you want to attract: “If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re very scarce.  If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.” – Zig Ziglar.

When you surround yourself with people who are brilliant and supportive, you will become more successful plus you will enrich your life and their lives.

Next week, we will talk about habit #5 – Having an attitude of gratitude!

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