I’ve read a lot of entrepreneurial books that at some point tell you a key pillar of success is surrounding yourself with people that will support you and help you grow not only in business, but as a person. Until recently I guess I willfully ignored that bit of advice and surrounded myself with some people who talked a lot about support, but I never saw any action. This is not to say they won’t do just fine around someone else and be willing and able to support another, it is just that my goals were not ones that they considered important. They were most likely right, but I guess I’ll find out eventually.
When you are looking that those in your life; family, friends, or lovers, you need to make sure that whatever it is you do is something they are willing to get behind. This could be sharing your work with others, trying to find opportunities for you to expand or get your name out there, donating their time and energy to help you build your empire no matter how big or small that may be. My best friend of twenty years is like this and that is a large reason why we live, work, and create together, it is because we support each other’s endeavors and inspire each other to work harder.
My family has always been there for me and some might say that is a given since they are family and all, however, not everyone has a supportive family. Some are looked at like they are crazy for their ideas by those closest to them and this is not to say you should kick your family out of your life if they aren’t supportive of you, but to recognize the other people around you that are and channel your work and creative energy toward them.
Outside of friends and family most all of us also crave and seek out love. This is a big one. The person you love needs to have a similar outlook on life as you as well as a similar passion for what you do. Without this support from your significant other you will find yourself feeling empty and alone regardless if there are many others around you helping you along. They need to want you to succeed with every fiber of their being because not only will that make you happy, but it will benefit them by being the one next to you through it all and thus will glow in the success you’ve accomplished. There are a lot of pretty faces out there who may do fun things with you in bed and you may think that’s love, but true love I believe comes from the support you give each other through the good times and the bad, in all aspects of your life. Find those who are proud of what you do and want to tell the world. You’ll find that success will follow shortly behind.