Surrounding Yourself With the Right People
By Stephen Nicholson
When it comes to deciding the company you keep, I always think of the quote “you are the 5 people you surround yourself with”. It’s not completely accurate, but the takeaway is very important. The people you spend the most time with are, to some extent, the ones that determine your reality because they are the group you have the most interactions with. If your values don’t often align, prepare yourself for a lot of difficult conversations. This is not necessarily a bad thing, conversations pave opportunities for learning and growth. The difficulty comes in the lack of support needed to push forward. If we don’t have the right people around us as entrepreneurs, it becomes a continuous struggle to take action on our ideas and believe in ourselves.
I was having a conversation with a board member the other day and he had this idea he wanted to share. I could see exactly where he was going with it and I expressed my excitement. We started bouncing ideas back and forth off of each other and by the end it was a plan with a meeting set in the calendar. If he had been talking with someone that couldn’t see his vision or didn’t care about it, nothing would have come out of their conversation. There is no substitute for the impact of having like-minded people around you that can help your ideas transform into tangible goals that become your reality. Pay attention to the company you keep and make sure you are creating opportunities to interact with people that inspire you. It could be the difference between creating change and missing out on something amazing.
Member Spotlight: April Denmon w/ Denmon Realty
April’s reputation precedes her. Earning the Wellington and Wilma Webb Leadership and Legacy award in 2017, the Denver Metro Realtors Excellence award and the National Honor award from Community Investment Network in 2019 all show that April is committed to excellence. Her involvement on the board of Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK), C.H.I.C., Girls Inc., Make A Chess Move (MACM), along with many other organizations demonstrates her passion for making an impact on her community. The thing that can’t be seen by looking at her accomplishments is her authenticity and her integrity. She genuinely cares about the people she interacts with. Catch a rewind of her live event, A Chat With April Denmon.
“You have to surround yourself with really good, positive people.”— April Denmon
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