Surround Yourself With Positive People

I came across a great career success quote on line the other day…

Most will say you’re crazy to try. Find those who say you’d be crazy not to.”

This quote comes from Jenny Blake, an author, blogger and life coach, formerly of Google. It reinforces the point I make in Tweet 49 in my career advice book Success Tweets. “Surround yourself with positive people. Hold them close. They will give you energy and help you create the career success you deserve.”

Successful people surround themselves with positive people – people who are both positive by nature, and positive about their life and career success. Positive people are optimistic; and optimism is the first step in building your self-confidence and life and career success.

Positive people help you feel good about yourself, because they feel good about themselves – and life in general. They help you build your self-esteem because they have a strong sense of self-esteem. Positive people are there when you begin to doubt yourself. They are not threatened by you or your success. They realize that self-esteem is not a fixed pie. There is an unlimited amount of it to go around, so positive people are always giving it away. Here’s a bit of career advice. Build your self-confidence and jumpstart your life and career success by spending your time with upbeat, positive people. Most important, positive people will tell you that you’d be crazy not to try something new or different.

A while back I did a talk on life and career success for a local real estate company. When I got to the part in my talk about surrounding yourself with positive people, everyone in the audience nodded. They got it – they knew exactly what I was talking about. After the talk, a few people came up to me to discuss that very point. They said that being in the company of positive people was one of the most important aspects of their success.

This is a small example, but a telling one. To succeed in sales, you have to be self-confident. By its very nature, selling involves a lot of setbacks and rejection. It takes a self-confident person to make the sixth call after not getting anywhere on the previous five. Successful salespeople face and deal with their fears of rejection. And they seek out positive people to help them stay motivated to keep doing what it takes to succeed.

This is important in other aspects of life as well. The people around you have an amazing impact on your view of life. When you surround yourself with negative or cynical people, you become negative and cynical. On the other hand, when you surround yourself with positive, self-confident people, you become positive and self-confident.

The choice is yours. I choose to surround myself with positive people – the people who support me and my dreams. Not only do they help my self-confidence, they are more fun to be around.

The common sense career success coach point here is simple. Find supportive people and hold them close. No one can go it alone. Follow the career advice in Tweet 49 in Success Tweets. “Surround yourself with positive people. Hold them close. They will give you energy and help you create the success you want and deserve.” Positive people are great. They feel good about themselves and life in general. They are enthusiastic – and their enthusiasm is contagious. When you surround yourself with positive people, you’ll become more positive and enthusiastic. And, you’ll be on your way to creating the life and career success you want and deserve. Who are the most positive people you know? Get to know them better, spend more time with them.

That’s my career advice on finding people who support you and your dreams. What do you think? Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts with us in a comment. And, as always, thanks for taking the time to read my daily musings on life and career success. I value you and I appreciate you.


PS: If you haven’t already done so, I suggest that you check out my career advice book Success Tweets and its companion piece Success Tweets Explained. The first gives you 140 bits of career success advice tweet style — in 140 characters or less. The second is a whopping 390 + pages of career advice explaining each of the common sense tweets in Success Tweets in detail. Go to to claim your free copy. You’ll also start receiving my daily life and career success quotes.

PPS: Have you seen my membership site, My Corporate Climb? It’s devoted to helping people just like you create career success inside large corporations. You can find out about it by going to http://www.mycorporateclimb.




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  1. Thank you so much!! This blog and the tweet success are amazing! So simple but many people don’t do it! Surround yourself positive people! Thanks again!

  2. Thank you its help a lot ♥

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