If you only surround yourself with people just like yourself, you’re doing this all wrong. We explain in this short video:
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Brian Clapp, WorkinEntertainment.com Director of Content: As human beings we have a natural tendency to surround ourselves with people like us.
If you are a shy person you gravitate towards other shy people, an aggressive, over-the-top party-type usually gravitates toward others of the same ilk. But when you look at your professional network, your group of contacts, influencers and important people, you need to make sure they are very different than you.
For example, you might not be one of those people that lives to connect others. You know the guy, the one who always knows somebody and wants to get you two together for lunch. Even if that isn’t you – you need this type of person in your network.
Let’s say you are a by-the-book person, you think linearly, step-by-step and a;ways stick to documented process – you need a big thinker in your network, someone who isn’t constrained by mental walls or process and is willing to think crazy different than you.
These people are going to challenge and get you out of your comfort zone.
Matter of fact, they are probably looking at you and saying, I need someone who is a little more structured, a little more organized, and you are going to fill a gap in their professional network. So as you look around and analyse your professional network, look at how they all fit, look at who you are and strive and challenge yourself to find some people that aren’t like you and will make you a better person and employee.