I define my team as anybody I spend time with or talk to on a weekly basis. These people include family, friends, customers, and the occasional people I hire to help me with business projects. Fortunately, I have a brilliant team here in Bloomington, Indiana. I am extremely lucky to have such a supportive girlfriend, and supportive, trustworthy customers and employees for the small business I’m launching. Minimizing time spent with unhelpful individuals certainly helped me find the people I love working with today. “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” -Mark Twain
The important question to consider is whether people are supporting you and if you are supportive of them. There is nothing like spending time with people you truly care about who also care about you. You will accomplish your goals much faster and be inspired by the people you care about. Think of the people you hang out with as a garden– you must get rid of the weeds. People who don’t support you or care about your well-being will derail you from your goals rather quickly. Like Eric Cartman said, “If you wanna find some quality friends, you gotta wait through all the dicks first.” Many times it will be well-meaning family and friends. Make it clear that you need their support.
You need people who will exercise constructive criticism to build you up. Look for supportive qualities in family, friends, co-workers, employees, customers for your business, and anyone else you will see on a weekly basis. Cutting yourself loose from the people who don’t support you may be painful in the moment, but you won’t regret it. When you cut yourself off from these people, you make yourself available for better opportunities and much healthier relationships. Unfortunately, you can’t always cut yourself off from cynics and people who aren’t supportive if you sell a product. In this case, simply listen to unsatisfied customers. Many of them might be complaining for no good reason. However, some customers may teach you something valuable about how you can improve your product. Hiring a great manager with excellent rapport skills always helps too.