As humans, we do not live in isolation, and neither does success happen in a vacuum. In reality, there are a number of factors that lead to the success of an entrepreneur. Hard work and drive are always necessary for entrepreneurial success, but your success can also be greatly driven by other people.

The people we choose to surround ourselves with impact the way we think, act and feel on a day-to-day basis. As an entrepreneur, you are responsible for yourself, but surrounding yourself with the right type of people can help success come more naturally to you than being around those who might hold you back.

Here are some people you should keep close throughout your pursuits.

Hard Workers

You probably know somebody who is a relentless worker, or perhaps you are one yourself. These types of workers push us to work harder each and every day. While measuring personal success against the success of another is like comparing apples and oranges – you shouldn’t! – but you can measure your drive with the drive of other hard workers.

Positive Attitudes

People tend to be better at what they are doing if they are happy. Negative attitudes can drag one down and do not offer any inspiration for success or innovation. Surrounding yourself with negative people can weigh down your creativity and could ultimately lead to your downfall.

People with positive attitudes can actually have the opposite effect, facilitating your leap towards success more effectively.

People Who Ask Questions

Albert Einstein once said “the important thing is to not stop questioning”. As an entrepreneur, you should constantly be asking questions about yourself and your business. However, no single person will think of every important question.

People who ask questions may provide a different angle on an issue or an idea, and these questions could ultimately lead to an important breakthrough for you or your business. Perspective is EVERYTHING.


People who are not entrepreneurial will consider all entrepreneurs dreamers. However, understand that setting goals and working hard will help you achieve what many consider to be unachievable.

To keep this drive going, you should always surround yourself with people who have similar goals in mind. These dreamers don’t even need to be involved in the same industry as you or your business; the important thing is that you keep close, people with big plans for themselves. Seeing other people’s drive will keep you hungry to reach your goals.

Ever heard of the aphorism “You are the sum of who you spend your time with“? And this is true! Hence, make sure that you are directly involved with people who lift you, inspire you, and motivate you to do and be more.

As you grow, this might mean changing friends and colleagues, and that’s part of life. Just trust that hard work, positivity, and keeping your sights high are things you can’t risk deviating from if you want the life you dream of.