The Entrepreneur’s Entourage

One key factor determining success for most entrepreneurs is who they surround themselves with.

If you’re the only person in your network of friends, coworkers, etc who is building a business, it’s exponentially more likely that you’ll find yourself stuck, off track, or lacking the needed motivation or skills to overcome some of your obstacles.

With that in mind, here are a few tips for surrounding yourself with a network of people who will help you be more successful.

  1. Find 3-5 YouTube channels you can subscribe to. I suggest Gary VaynerchukMarie Forleo and Eric Thomas to start.
  2. Start reading or listening to awesome leaders. Reading more than an hour a day is hard, so consider audiobooks if you have a commute. There are dozens of fantastic authors for entrepreneurs, but if you’re just getting started I recommend Seth Godin. All of my mentors are listed here.
  3. Attend a conference and make friends. The Inbound conference is a great one, and Startup Weekends are a great place to meet other entrepreneurs.
  4. Network locally. Start a Mastermind Dinner or jump into an existing chamber club or group for entrepreneurs. IMHO, local networking can become social hour and a distraction. Limit your time here to a maximum of one hour per week.
  5. Listen to webinars, interviews & conference calls. Lewis Howes and Tim Ferriss offer great interviews weekly.
  6. Use social media as a learning medium. What do Seth Godin, Brian Tracy, Jeff Bullas, and others tweet about? Start building your own following by sharing the articles that you find helpful.
  7. Find a workout partner. A spouse, friend, coworker, or other entrepreneur (best) can help keep you motivated as well as hold you accountable to keep moving forward.

Final tip: Don’t get lost in following others. Use your network to gain inspiration, but chart your own path. Take time to listen to yourself. By that, I mean you need to schedule time to think.

Make time for yourself and your own thoughts or meditation. I used to use lawn mowing time for this. Now I use the shower for idea generation and time standing in either my office or garage (if you’re sitting you’ll check email and such) for quiet time thinking. Keep a notepad handy.

Founder & Head Entrepreneur @ Lean Labs

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