If you’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with, then it makes sense to make sure you surround yourself with the best types of people you can find.
You may know someone who encompasses all of these qualities, or maybe you have them yourself. However, no matter what you can do and provide for yourself, you should surround yourself with the types of people listed below. We all need encouragement, wisdom, and inspiration. Sometimes, we need these things to come from people outside us to help us stay grounded, feel motivated, and put things into perspective.
1 – The Optimist
You need someone who sees the glass as half full. This person can help you see things from a positive point of view, help you overcome negativity, and move forward.
Optimists will forever look for the silver lining in a bad situation. No matter what you’re going through, they can show you the positive side of your situation, which can help reduce your stress and anxiety and improve your ability to stay positive during times of stress.
2 – The Goal-Oriented & Planner
Sometimes we have goals that we don’t know how to accomplish. Creating a path for ourselves can get complex, and sometimes we can’t see the next step we need to take.
Having someone goal-oriented with superb planning skills can help you break down your goals into small, easy-to-reach accomplishments. They can work with you to figure out where your next move should be and help you make decisions.
3 – The TrailBlazer
People who blaze their own paths in life are the most courageous. To do this and do it confidently requires a lot of insight into yourself and the ability to read people and judge situations quickly. Because if you can’t do any of that, it becomes much harder to negotiate your new path forward; society will put hurdles in your way; your peers will challenge you and question you; your friends will try to bring you down.
Having someone who can help you take a step back and view situations objectively can help you gain a whole new perspective on problem-solving and overcoming challenges.
4 – Has Overcome Adversity
If you haven’t dealt with difficult life situations, it becomes tough to empathize with those who have. Those who have been dealt a bad hand in life are some of the best empathizers.
Having someone in your life who has overcome adversity, has gone through life-changing events, and has faced personal and/or professional challenges, can help you put yourself in someone else’s shoes. They can show you what life is like for the other person and help you emotionally connect with others.
Another way to put this is that this person (or these people) can help you keep an open mind about others and avoid quick judgments.
5 – The Travel Junkie
Someone who’s traveled the world has plenty of stories to tell. They also are likely to be adventurous and willing to try new things.
This friend will help you out of your comfort zone and teach you about society and world culture that you probably never knew.
The Advantage Of Having Different Types of People In Your Life
The more diversity you have in your life (not just talking about race), the better off you are (we all are). Different types of people and personalities have different ways of thinking and approaching life. Just because someone does something differently than you doesn’t make them bad, wrong, or weird; it just means it’s different. We all have things that work for us that don’t work for others. There’s no right or wrong way to live (unless you’re a murderer or a thief, in which case please re-evaluate your decisions).
The point here is to continue to learn from others. It’s easier to do that if you surround yourself with the types of people who challenge you, make you think, help you gain perspective, and teach you new things based on their pursuits and experiences.
Why The Types of People Above?
The types of people above are those who not only have worked hard and overcome obstacles but also understand how to navigate problems, work through hardships, plan and prepare for issues that may arise, and live life in the moment.
Nothing mentioned includes race or gender, or established personality types. None of this has to do with being an introvert or an extrovert. Everyone, no matter what they look like, where they come from, or their personality, is capable of any of the above traits. It’s more important to look for these traits and surround yourself with them as much as possible.
Give yourself the benefit of making a strong group of confident friends who can support you and teach you. Find your squad and keep them close.
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Sanjana is a physician anesthesiologist, avid traveler, and entrepreneur. She founded The Female Professional in order to give women a voice, a community, and provide resources to help them overcome hurdles and achieve success. With her experiences as a physician, as a CEO of a startup, and as a writer, she understands the struggles and frustrations that women face. She also understands what it takes to move past those things and come out on top. Through this platform, Sanjana aims to empower women to be their best, authentic, selves, achieve work/life balance, and live life to the fullest.