07 December 2006

Lay down with dogs and you get up with fleas

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There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that one of the true principles of succeeding in whatever it is you do, is to surround yourself with positive, motivated and like minded people. This doesn’t happen by accident, it requires a very clear desire to achieve your goals, regardless of what they may be and distancing yourself from anyone who tries to steal your dreams.

In the past few months I have done a lot of travelling throughout Australia. I have met many people from all walks of life. Some are building massive empires, some are building small businesses from home. The common topic of discussion was always the importance of having good people in your life to help you achieve your goals.

So what do I mean by good people? Put simply it means those people who will support and encourage you to achieve your dreams no matter what. They will not try and talk you out of your dreams or let their fears and insecurities come to the surface. Having people like this in your life is incredibly empowering and I believe they can help you to do anything you want.
When I wrote my first book, “101 Ways to Market Your Business” and I was toying with the idea of trying to get it published there were two kinds of people in my life. The first kind who said “go for it” – they believed in me and my passion. The second kind said “don’t waste your time, there are so many marketing books published already you will never get yours published and it will only lead to disappointment”. For a while the dream stealers had an influence on me but luckily I didn’t listen to them. The rest is history – five books, 150,000 sold in 40 countries around the world and a contract for five more books.

Sadly human nature means that not everyone wants to see you achieve or grow – for those closest to you it can be a little scary. They can be afraid that they will lose you as you outgrow them. For others there can be resentment that you are achieving your goals or you are driven to be a better person and they are not.

From my experience and from the amazing diversity of people that I am lucky enough to meet on a regular basis, I believe in this concept above all else. Surround yourself with powerful, dynamic and loving people who support you and your dreams and your chances of achieving them will be increased dramatically. Otherwise get yourself a good flea collar!

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