How to Use Your Friends to Propel You to Success

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Having the right friends in your life can be one of the biggest differences between success and failure.

The people you choose to surround yourself with play a vital role in helping you achieve your dreams, providing encouragement, inspiration and motivation when you need it most. So, the next time you’re out with your friends, think about how they could help propel you towards success. If you have trouble thinking of ways to make this happen, consider these three tips to help you use your friends to achieve more than you ever thought possible.

What are your goals?

Before you start making a business plan or go online and apply for a patent, there are some things to consider. One of the first things that you need to do is come up with a list of goals. What are your goals? What are your long-term, short-term, and medium-term goals? What would you like to see happen in the next five years? The next year? Next month? Write down these goals and keep them in mind as you continue on this journey.
One thing that I highly recommend is networking with other entrepreneurs who have been successful with their own businesses. These people will be able to share what they’ve done and help guide you through your journey. It’s also important that you use social media not only to promote yourself but also to get advice from other successful people. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter–these are all great platforms where you can ask questions about how to improve your website or post an idea for feedback before going forward with it. Once again, don’t be afraid to reach out and network!

Who do you know that can help you achieve those goals?

The best people to get advice from are those who have been there, done that. Luckily, you can find these people in your inner circle. Ask your friends and family members for their thoughts on what you’re trying to achieve. They can also be a good source of information about the industry and any common pitfalls that might come up. If you’re an entrepreneur and want to start your own business, talk with an ex-entrepreneur who has successfully started a business.
If you want to work as a social media manager, interview other social media managers for tips on how they’ve succeeded. Your closest friends may not know everything about every industry or topic that interests you, but they can usually offer some level of insight or knowledge into the world around them. Asking others for help doesn’t make it seem like it’s impossible; rather, it means taking responsibility and recognizing that we need help in certain areas. If this is too much work – because let’s face it: sometimes it is!

Ask for help

Life is tough and we all need a little help every now and then. I’m a perfectionist who likes to do things on my own, but I’ve learned the hard way that sometimes you just need some outside perspective. I hope these tips will be helpful in your day-to-day life, too!
1) Put yourself in their shoes. Imagine what they’re feeling, how they would react, what they might say or do if you asked them for help. This will make it easier for you to step outside of your comfort zone and speak up when the opportunity presents itself. 2) Make it easy for them – only ask for one thing at a time. 3) Be specific about what you want from them so there’s no room for confusion. Be specific about timing and availability as well.
4) Don’t take no for an answer. Keep asking until someone says yes.
5) Ask in person whenever possible so people can see how genuine your request is and hear your body language cues that may not come through over text or email (for example, don’t forget to smile!)

Offer help

If you’re looking for some friends who are supportive of your endeavors, think about joining a group. There are many clubs and organizations designed for entrepreneurs that include networking events, workshops, and panel discussions. Joining one of these groups will give you an instant network of friends who understand what it’s like to be in your shoes. Plus, it’s a great way to help those entrepreneurs who are just getting started by giving them advice or sharing connections with them.
Another option is to reach out on social media and ask people if they would like to meet up at a coffee shop or over lunch. This is a great way of finding people who may not be in groups but would still love the opportunity to connect with you!

Return the favor

It’s easy to be kind and generous with your friends and acquaintances. But what about when you need a favor? When it comes time for them to return the favor, it can be hard for some people.
To make the process easier on both of you, try asking before you need something. This way, your friend can say no if they are too busy or don’t have the resources at that moment. If they do agree, they’ll feel a little more committed to making it happen because they agreed in advance. If not, then you won’t feel as disappointed when they don’t follow through later on. Furthermore, don’t give up just because your first attempt doesn’t work out. Be persistent: Ask multiple times and explain why it would help you out so much. People are usually happy to help others if they know exactly how their assistance will impact the other person’s life.

Dr. Sajeev Dev
Dr. Sajeev Dev
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