How Are Your Relationships Affecting Your Business and Your Life? By Steve Scott
As an entrepreneur, you may not think about the number of different relationships that you are in. However, the relationships that you are in will actually affect the quality of your business, your life and your success. You may have never wondered what your supportive girlfriend or your brilliant mentor has done for your career before.
To get clarity you need to put your relationships into one of three categories. Are they nice, nasty or necessary? If they are nice you may want to expand them. If they are nasty you must look for ways of limiting them or deleting them. If they are necessary then these need to be limited.
The facts are that discouraging and disbelieving people will de-energize and de-focus you while positive, uplifting ones will move you to your goals quicker. Regardless, the truth is that relationships do have a huge effect on you and your life.
Relationships with Like Minded Entrepreneurs
When you have relationships with other entrepreneurs who are motivated, ambitious and confident, you will benefit greatly. You are exposed to this positive business thinking and it affects you positively.
It's similar to kids in school. If a child is involved with a group of children who are very smart and motivated to make good grades, they will inspire him or her to do well also. That child will want to make good grades, will have the secrets for making good grades and will have a positive support system in place in order to help make good grades.
This is the same way you will be affected when you spend time with entrepreneurs like the ones described above. So, appreciate your friends and business associates who are very smart and motivated! They are, after all, helping your own career or business to grow.
Relationships with Those Who are Lacking in Motivation and Confidence
When you have relationships with people who have low motivation, self-confidence or ambition, they will affect your life and your career negatively. Taking the same comparison with children, if a child spends time with children who don't want to behave, who are lazy and do not do schoolwork or homework and who don't care about their grades, that child will be affected. He or she will feel pressure to be like the rest of the group and will eventually begin to display characteristics like those of the other kids. This child will most likely start to receive bad grades and do poorly in school as well.
This is the same for an entrepreneur. Those who are around entrepreneurs who are disorganized, unmotivated and who have other negative traits will be dragged down along with them.
Take care with what kind of relationships you form and the people that you spend time with. The way they affect you can end up boosting your career or costing you your career. It is important to remember that you can always spend more money, but you can't spend more time. Look at your relationships and the time you are investing in them. When you do you will better use your time to chart the course for your success.
About the author:
Steve Scott is a business/life coach and a business development consultant. He specializes in teaching entrepreneurs and solo and sales professionals to create their own unique success stategies-bringing them balance, more freedom and greater abundance. www.progresssetfree.com