Let’s talk about surrounding ourselves with the right kind of people.
Now I am talking about in your business and your private life as well.
Now for me, the penny dropped when I was still in full-time employment and work at that time was quite a toxic environment. There was lots of negative people around. So I joined a networking group because I was building my business at the time. And all of a sudden I was surrounded by these great thinkers, positive people who really wanted to help me and my business grow. And of course they were growing their own businesses.
I came out to this meeting, feeling positive with lots of energy.
Back in the work environments, once again, these negative people would surround you and drag your mindset down.
So that was five years ago.
I’ve now got my own successful business along with my collegue Andrew, of course.
And if I go to networking groups, it’s great. Because you’re surrounded by people who are positive and want you to do well. Now it is the same your personal life.
I mean, as an example, a few years ago, I had to buy a new car.
Now I know next to nothing about cars, but luckily my dad does. So we went to the showroom and of course, the salesperson jumped out straight away out of the shadows and wants to sell me this car, that car, and then asked a few questions.
Who was it for?
What was it for?
So in marketing terms, he was just trying to find my problem and to sell me the solution.
So he showed us three cars and my dad said, Oh, we will think about it. And he walked away and said, Rob, these cars useless.
There’s an oil leak in one, they’ve tried to clean it up there is rust on the others.
I just wouldn’t have noticed these problems for me, they look nice, shiny cars and they looked quite reliable.
So we went to another garage. Again, the salesman jumped out at us and tried to sell us anything under the sun.
At the back of the garage was a car that hadn’t been touched, it had only just come in. My dad said, what’s that car over there?
Of course, the salesperson didn’t want to show us the car because ‘it was not ready’. Will it be for sale my Dad asked? Eventually, the sales person said yes, once it has been ‘cleaned up’. My Dad wanted to see it right away in the condition it had been delivered to the garage. So after much persuasion, we were able to see the car.
My dad opened the bonnet and the engine clean. No oil leaks, great start!
There was no rust around it. They had a chance to clean the car up and hide any flaws.
So we struck a deal with them.
That was 15 years ago and I still have the car, it is still going strong.
If I had bought the other ones, they were all bangers, I would have wasted money.
My dad was the right person, at the right time to have in that environment.
So it is the same in business, you need to surround yourself with the right people, accountants, marketers, people who know exactly what they’re doing to help you in business and in personal life, you need to surround yourself with the right people.