10 Things To Do When Hanging Out With Successful People
It is often said, “to be successful, all you need to do is do what successful people do”. To be a wise man, you don’t necessarily have to be wise, all you need to do is do what wise people are doing. Relationships are essential in the lives of every human, but being in the right kind of relationship is very important.
Many people have missed a lot of opportunities because they failed to relate well with those that could have helped them. It doesn’t matter if you have access to the most successful people on earth, if you do not know how to behave around them, it wouldn’t profit you.
Successful people are people you should relate with, with caution. You don’t behave anyhow around successful people if you want to be successful too. Below are things you need to do when hanging out with successful people:
- Take advantage of introductions
When a successful person introduces you to another person, most likely, another successful person, there’s always a reason for it. It means they are ready to stand guarantee for you. It means they trust you enough to recommend you for things. You need to take advantage of those introductions because it might lead to higher opportunities.
It is easy to blow off an introduction, or not follow it up, or even misbehave around them. But doing so is missing chances and opportunities to establish a critical relationship with like-minded people.
- Continually Adapt
If you’ve been around a successful person for a long time and you cannot point out any change in your life, then you haven’t been following correctly. Successful people are constantly learning, growing, and adapting, you’re to be doing the same around them. When you hang out with a successful person, it is essential that you adapt quickly and consistently.
Adapting means letting go of your ego, realizing that your decisions haven’t been the best ones. It might be difficult to adapt but it will pay off in the long run. Even if you’re not a successful person, adapting to the ways of successful people portrays you as one.
- Ask for interviews
Another opportunity to make the most of hanging out with successful people is to ask them for interviews. Make a sincere request of asking them for interviews. For instance, if you’re working on a book, article, or you want to have a podcast, you can ask for their permission to be featured. It serves as a way to connect better with them.
Featuring them on your programs, or books can be a wonderful way to offer them a sort of value exchange for their time. It will also boost whatever it is you’re featuring them on.
- Proffer solutions
Successful people also have some problems that they cannot solve on their own. It will be a great opportunity for you to be of help to them, without asking for anything in return. The point here is to show yourself valuable to them. It, however, does not mean doing eye-service but genuinely offering solutions to challenges they might face.
You shouldn’t be around successful people, and not have anything to pay them in return. They do not need your money or resources, as it were, but you can offer help in some other ways. You should always lookout for an opportunity to be of help to them.
- Attend their programs
Most successful people in different fields often offer mentorship or training programs. They sometimes organize seminars or talk shows. It may be paid programs, or free, but you should endeavor to attend their programs as much as you can. There’s no harm in paying for value from successful people around you. You learn new things along the way, and it affords you the opportunity to move closer to them and their clique.
It offers you the opportunity to be with them more, and you also get to be introduced to people in higher platforms. If you can’t afford their programs, you can offer to work for them for free. You can serve as an usher or protocol in such programs, just for you to attend. The value you’ll get will be more than the pay you would have gotten.
- Demonstrate real care
Gupta says, ” The key to fostering quality relationships with influences is to show that you legitimately care. Beyond simply expressing an interest in their work, you could even send small gifts to thank them for sharing their time with you. These small touches are what help you stick out amongst the many other people they meet.”
It is not just enough that you hang out around them, and get different opportunities, you must show that you genuinely care for their works. You should always leave a personalized touch on things you do for them. Let them have the impression that you truly care, it makes them trust you more, and are more open to you.
- Ask questions
Successful people always like to share the secrets of their success to people who care to ask and listen. They enjoy it when someone asks why they do things the way they do it, or why they invest in some businesses. You’ll be surprised at the depth of knowledge they’ll share with you if you care to ask questions.
There are people who have the impression that you’re proud if you do not ask questions. You wouldn’t want a successful person to think you’re proud and not show you things that will be beneficial to you. Ask meaningful questions from the successful people you hang around, and you’ll get answers that will help you in your business and life.
- Be teachable
Being teachable is not easy, it can feel a lot like criticism sometimes, but it can lead you to greater opportunities. You may not agree with whatever they say but simply opening up to learning will take you a long way. When a successful person realizes that you’re teachable, he begins to open more things to you, even things you do not ask for.
A teachable person has the mind to learn more, and when a teachable spirit meets a leader, they begin to flow well. You don’t have to show that you know more than a successful person, even if you do. The fact that they are more successful than you are shows there’s something they’re doing the you’re not. It is only wise that you learn to be teachable around them.
- Don’t always be a taker
Successful people do not like to be surrounded by takers. If you’re one, it won’t be long for them to spot you and you won’t last long around them. Though you may not have money to offer them, but there’s always something you can offer. Your time to help them, or little things that matter will go a long way in helping you to connect more. You should not only look out for what you can take from them, but look out for the little things you can offer them.
It is a common belief that successful people do not need anything from others, nothing can be farther from the truth. They may not need money, but there are some things that you can offer to them too. They appreciate little things that add value to them. You should always look out for those things you can do for them, no matter how small.
- Be accountable
Successful people like accountable people. They need people they can always trust around them, so when they find just one to hang around them, they take them serious and get to trust them. If you position yourself as accountable, they will be able to put things in your care, and you get to grow by that.
Accountability in little things positions you for trust. If you hang around successful people often, you should endeavor to be accountable to them.
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