Growing my side hustle has been an eye-opening experience and a source of MAJOR personal development. One area of big-time change has been the people I give the most of my time to, above my family and existing friends.
For an introvert, plus someone who has always kept a small social circle and who is reserved by nature, this has meant breaking out of my comfort zone. I know it’s important for me to be around others that will inspire me, keep me motivated and that I can give back to.
Reknown entrepreneur and motivational speaker Jim Rohn says you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. Honestly, I had never thought of it that way. I’ve always thought of myself as difficult to influence so it shouldn’t matter… but I’ve noticed it’s true that when I surround myself with others striving to achieve incredible things, it makes me work harder.
A great example of this has been the WKND Wellness event I was a part of with two fierce ladies following passions in addition to full-time gigs and families to raise. Although I was tired after the event, I was super “gung ho” to do more business stuff and ended staying up wayyy past my bedtime to hustle more.
It’s been a bit stressful but also SUPER rewarding as I’ve met the coolest people. Time is precious but if you have big goals you want to achieve, it’s worth finding a way to prioritize building these valuable relationships.