Here’s a hint: You need to network!
You and I both know that entrepreneurs tend to be introverts, so networking might be the last thing we want to do. But networking is the most important thing you can do to surround yourself with successful people.
And it’s really hard for a lot of us.
To be honest, I almost never meet entrepreneurs who are full on extroverts. To be an entrepreneur you kind of have to live in your own world and your own mind… and you kind of have this delusion of what reality is. You see all these floods of people who live their 9 to 5, who are living a life that is pretty standard in our society and is considered the standard for success – steady work, a good job.
Entrepreneurs need to live life at their own rhythm, though, and have this delusion of what reality truly is… so your goal should be to surround yourself with other entrepreneurs because they can help you realize that you’re not crazy. What you’re doing isn’t insane, and there are other people who are doing the same thing, who understand.
So how do you actually find those people?
What this video to find out!
It really is all about networking. Attending events, going to meetups, connecting with people on Facebook, not being afraid to reach out and not get a response… these are the best ways for you to connect with other entrepreneurs, especially the ones who might be where you want to go.
What about paying for coaching and marketing programs?
I’m going to be honest, I’ve spent tens of thousands of dollars to “buy friendships”.
I know that’s a weird concept, but hear me out.
Say there’s an entrepreneur you want to connect with, who you want to learn from. If they have a program that you can join, buy into it. Join their group mentoring program, pay for their coaching. Because at the end of the day if you’re trying to level up and play with people who are at a higher level, the best way to get into their world is to show them that you’re serious about leveling up and investing into their programs and mentorship.
If they don’t have a program, you can even reach out and say, “Look, I actually want you to mentor me and I want to pay you for it.” Exchanging value and making sure that they understand you’re serious is the best way to start that relationship. And it doesn’t mean that you have to keep paying them indefinitely – maybe it will turn into an actual friendship over time.
But if you want to surround yourself with successful people and level up the group that you talk to every day, that’s the first thing I would recommend. Go out and find people you actually want to hang out and attend their masterminds. Pay them for consulting, for coaching. Build a relationship from that.