There is an adage which says you are what your think.
Similarly, you become like the people with which you associate.
Over time you adopt their beliefs, their mannerisms, their lifestyle.
It is, therefore, essential you develop a circle of close supporters.
These are people who are willing and able to help you get ahead. They can get you access to people and information you need to make important decisions.
They should exhibit the following characteristics…
Influential – recognized as a leader; their insight is important; they get things done.
Connected – they know people who make a difference.
Nurturing – they encourage people; develop people; promote people; motivate and inspire people to do what they do best.
Creative – they’re always adding value and identifying solutions.
Purposeful – they say what they mean, mean what they say; they stay in integrity.
Intuitive – they’re perceptive, sensitive and insightful.
Responsible – they’re dependable, conscientious, trustworthy, sensible and loyal.
Capable – they’re knowledgeable and experienced.
Now it’s up to you to describe the types of individuals you need close to you and why.