Three Ways to Surround Yourself with Passionate and Successful People (Free Video)

  • June 2, 2011 by Corbett Barr
  • 15 Comments

If you’re building a business online or off, one of the easiest ways to ensure your success is by surrounding yourself with other like-minded people.

There are enough “realistic” voices in your life already. You need to take power from the naysayers by bringing in more positive and encouraging voices.

By connecting with other passionate and successful entrepreneurs, you’ll find motivation, insight and (perhaps most importantly) you’ll gain from the accountability of regularly telling people about your goals and aspirations.

I credit connections with peers and mentors for much of any business success I’ve had personally. Together with innovation and hard work, making relationships with other entrepreneurs has helped me refine my ideas, develop valuable partnerships, get the word out about what I’m doing and find new opportunities as well as kept me from doing stupid time-wasting stuff and even from giving up entirely on a couple of occasions.

There are lots of ways to connect with like-minded mentors and peers. Adam Baker and I recently spent an entire session for The Hustle Project dedicated to ways to surround yourself with passionate and successful people.

I’d like to share that session with you, even if you’re not part of The Hustle Project, just as a thank you for reading Think Traffic.

In the following full 90+ minute session recording from The Hustle Project, you’ll learn three easy ways to surround yourself with passionate and successful people. We’ll also walk you step-by-step through some actions you can take to get the ball rolling:


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(file downloads: audio mp3 | video)

Watch the video and take the suggested actions, and you’ll find yourself with a lot more essential support in your life.

Then come back here and report on how you did. I want to hear what actions you took and how helpful they have been.

What techniques have you used to seek out and connect with other like-minded people? I’d love to hear it in the comments as well.

Written by . Corbett is cofounder of Fizzle, a place for creative entrepreneurs, writers, makers, coders and artists, all working to support themselves doing what they love independently on the Internet. Follow Corbett on on Twitter.


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Antonio Coleman June 2, 2011 at 4:57 am

Like minded people is the key to getting to your goals. People who have been there and done it, are the people you should be sitting by..this is how I grow my business.

“Black Seo Guy “Signing Off”

Chelsea June 2, 2011 at 6:27 am

Hey Corbett! This is one most well articulated pieces of advice I’ve ever heard for purposefully creating new relationships in a human way. At the end of the day, networking is about making new friends that share a common ground and business goals. I like the idea of making an intentional list of people that you want to connect with. Heck, why not take it a step further and blog that list?

Corbett June 2, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Thanks so much Chelsea, I’m glad the video was helpful. And you’re right, blogging that list of people is a fantastic idea. Give it a try and let us know how it works for you.

Vinay June 2, 2011 at 6:51 am

Great video! The people you surround yourself with is THE most important thing for success in business and life imo. Great reminder to be wary of people who do not align with your goals and to seek out people who do.

Corbett June 2, 2011 at 2:27 pm

You might be right Vinay, it really could be the most important factor.

Beata A. June 2, 2011 at 8:31 am

Hi! Thanks so much for sharing this with us. Question about downloading the video – I’d like to save it to my ipod so I can enlighten myself on the train to work in the morning, but clicking on the link opens a QuickTime movie in another tab, and right-clicking shows that I’d need QuickTime pro in order to save the movie?
I can do just fine with the mp3, but the visuals would be nice, and I wondered if I was missing something with the video.

Thanks again!

Corbett June 2, 2011 at 8:40 am

Hey Beata, you should be able to right-click (or control+click on the Mac) on the link labeled “video.” When you do that there should be a choice called “save link as” so you can download it to your desktop.

Beata A. June 2, 2011 at 8:42 am

Oh perfect! Thanks.

Dave Doolin June 2, 2011 at 5:31 pm

I’m going to have to come back to the video when I have time.

Addressing the larger point, I’ve found a mix between internet and material works best for me to find the right mix of people.

Jared June 3, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Really got some great little tidbits there Corbett. Thanks for sharing that in THP.
*J

Alison June 4, 2011 at 12:27 pm

This works out in everyday life too! Surrounding yourself with positive people that will keep you focused on what you are doing well and encourage you to be the best person you can be just makes you feel good about yourself and gives you the confidence and that push to accomplish even greater goals!

Rahul June 5, 2011 at 11:14 pm

Yes its really important to be surrounded by positive people because they might have different approaches but have the same desire to be successful.

patrick June 6, 2011 at 5:27 am

I just started watching your video. I’m glad you guys are doing whatever you can to help the community that you’ve built. It’s nice to hear your voices on this subject.

Sunil from The Extra Money Blog June 20, 2011 at 1:59 pm

thank you for this. you are very right in that you become what your company is. this is applicable on or offline, or in any industry / practice. i can best relate it to working out in the gym – your body may be gifted to lift more, but if you hang with those that don’t lift as much, you will not realize your full potential (or vice versa)

Stacia June 29, 2011 at 11:19 am

I live in Seattle, WA. Who do you know that you admire in the blogging world? I just found out that Ev Bogue lives in Seattle. I really like his ebooks and sites. Let me know if you know more people in Seattle you think I should connect with.

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