The 10 Signs You're Surrounded By The People Needed To Succeed

by Eddie Cuffin

They say that your network equals your net worth. Another crucial factor to your net worth is the team you surround yourself with. As the African Proverb states, "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." There is nothing quite like having a powerhouse team with an idea and somewhat of a plan to get there.

Life is full of surprises and things will not always go the way you want them to, so it is imperative that you surround yourself with talented and motivated individuals. This will help bring the best out in all of you and eventually keep you guys moving in the right direction.

Everyone has their own idea of success, but it is whom you surround yourself with that will help you get there. From like-minded individuals, to people who have no shame in putting you in your place when you're not producing. Every success story starts with a great team. Here are the signs that you are surrounded by the right people who will help you succeed:

They understand trust comes before anything. Working together and partying together feel a lot like the same thing.

Not only are you guys business partners, but you guys are family. You may work and party together, but remember no one reaches a successful status without being able to trust the individuals around them. if you want to build a strong team, you must be building it on a foundation of trust.

You never have to worry about them giving away your secrets because they want to keep their ordeals under wraps just as much as you do. Work hard, play hard -- but remember it all starts with an honor code.

They're not afraid to provoke the person next to them. When they get better, you get better.

It is important that you surround yourself with people who are just as motivated and conscious of their own talents as you are. Nothing motivates you more than being surrounded by like-minded individuals who are always willing to give it their all.

When you see people close to you putting in the extra effort, it will encourage you to go beyond the call of duty as well. Motivation can be found anywhere, it's just up to you to surround yourself with the right people who will encourage you to put out your best every day.

You guys are all friends, but you know when it comes down to it: business is business.

At the end of the day, it's all about the bottom line. When you are in the office, it's all about doing what it takes to do great work and earn revenue. Now you guys may be friends out of the office and go golfing every weekend, but when you're in the office, it's important that you guys hold one another accountable.

They say friends can't work together, but this is only because some people are scared to put their friends in place when they start steering off the path. You must remember that your success in some sense relies on how well your partner could do their job, if one is slacking, it is important that you guys are comfortable with calling one another out.

You are confident that none of you will crack under pressure.

You will find that pressure and stress will cause people to break and crack. Now we all know that a group is as strong as their weakest link, so you must build confidence in your group. You must be able to feel confident enough to know that any of your teammates can do their job under any circumstances.

Pressure and fear are just limits people put on themselves. There is no such thing as coming in second, one's ability to work well under pressure will help determine the winners from the losers.

There will be hiccups along the road, but your success will depend on how well you deal with failures.

They say the business world is a marathon, not a sprint; therefore, you must be willing to prepare yourself for the long run. In order for your team to remain strong, it is imperative that you are surrounded by people with thick skin who are willing to dust themselves off and move on after the fall.

There will without a doubt be many crushing defeats along the way, but you must be around people who know how to look past these defeats and learn from them. Life is full of experiences that will help you in the future, take your defeats with pride and make sure everyone around you is willing to help you move past your failures.

The grind is 24/7; until you make it, know that the road there isn't going to be easy.

Everyone watches great inspirational documentaries where they give off the impression that succeeding is easy. Success only comes with hard work and dedication. Sleepless nights in order to meet deadlines and get projects started will be a regular thing.

Do not expect to have any easy days. If something seems easy, then you're definitely doing it wrong. The road will be full of time conquering obstacles, but as long as you have people around you who are dedicated and willing to put in the hours like you are, then nothing can stand in the way of your success.

Anyone can encourage your vices, only real friends tell you to control your habits.

Everyone wants to go out and party. You will have a lot of old friends come out the wood works when you make it, it may seem that all of a sudden everyone is your best friend. People are going to want to party and enjoy themselves in your company. There is nothing wrong with this, we all have our vices and many of our friends encourage them.

However, a true friend will not hesitate to let you know when your vices have started to affect the way you work. It is important that you have people around you that have your best interests in mind and understand that it's all about keeping the team on track.

It's a given that the workload will be intense, but you guys are all passionate about your work.

No one will hold your team back quite like someone who can't stand the work they are doing. They will be miserable and many times this will lead to problems in the future. When they are passionate about their work, they are willing to do whatever it takes to get it done. If your core group is not passionate about their work, your success will not be as enjoyable as it would doing something you loved.

You each have a similar goal and are planning on doing whatever it takes to make that goal happen.

There's nothing like finding a group of people who have similar ideas of success as you do. Everyone's idea of success is different and this is one of the beauties of life. You can choose to live and do anything you want; however, it is grey if you can find people with similar goals. This means you guys have a certain understanding for what it will take for you to get there and are willing to work together to achieve this goal.

The last thing you should fight over is sex. It isn't any fun if the homies can't have none.

Women should not get in the way of your success, trust me, when the money comes, women will come with it. You should always stick around people who understand the importance of taking care of the homie. If one of you doesn't get some, then the whole group has failed.

Of course, you will have the all-stars who will be able to court women much more easily than the others; however, it's important that everyone in the team gets some. Do not associate yourself with selfish people of any kind, even those who are possessive of their women.

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