Your Inner Circle: You Are Who You Are With

Posted on March 31, 2014 by


Jim Rohn and others have said that you are who you spend the most time with. Because of the significant role these people play in your life, it’s important to make sure you have some key people in your inner circle.

Whether formal or informal, someone in your inner circle should be a person that is a mentor to you. This is a person who sees the future you and will play a part in getting you there. Your mentor will ideally tell you what you need to hear and not necessarily what you want to hear. That is important because you don’t want this person to tell you things that make you feel good. Feeling good is important but if you are serious about personal or professional growth, the need for candid, constructive feedback is greater.

An Advocate
This person is much different from a mentor. This is your cheerleader, who speaks positively of you in the circles that you want to be in. Their role is literally to “advocate” for you.

The Sponsor
Your sponsor is like an American Express Black card, you need to qualify but once you do membership has it’s privileges. Your sponsor provides credibility to you based on their credentials. You literally reap the benefits of being in their circle. Because they are extending their gratis to you, you need to demonstrate competence, attitude, and aptitude that they appreciate/value.

Iron forges iron, so ask yourself ….who’s in your circle and do spring cleaning if there is no one adding value.