9 Types of People You Must Surround Yourself With

The road to success is rough, the journey tough and the time limited. Clichéd but that’s a fact. Whether you are trying to become an accomplished sportsperson, musician, writer, artist, actor, entrepreneur or simply a better person, the truth is- achieving any goal is difficult. You will experience ups and downs, highs and lows. In such challenging times, it is always useful to be surrounded by people who can lend you a helping hand, contribute in some positive way and add value to your life.

We are the product of our surroundings and the people we interact with on a daily basis. Subconsciously, we think and act in a similar way to the people we most spend our time with. Thus, it is important to be selective and choose people you wish to be surrounded by.

Here are 9 types of people who can exert a positive influence on you and help in propelling you forward on the path of success.

  1. Ambitious and passionate people.

Surround yourself with people who have goals, want to accomplish something in life, reach somewhere and be something. No matter which area or field they are trying to excel in, the common denominator is that they have clarity about life and know exactly what their goals are. These people always keep their big picture in mind. They work according to their vision, are focused on their goals and are always planning in terms of moving ahead on their chosen path.

  1. The doers.

This world is full of people who make brilliant plans. But it is the doers, those who put their plans into action, who succeed in accomplishing goals and translate their hard work into success. The doers give themselves goals and set deadlines to achieve those goals. Surround yourself with such people. They will inspire you to overcome procrastination, take action and move steadily towards your goals.

  1. The problem solvers.

No matter who you are or what you do, you will always encounter problems in one form or the other. Instead of cribbing about things not working out, problem solvers focus on finding out ways to fix the problems. Surround yourself with these people and they will help you figure out the way forward.

  1. Those who are on a similar journey as you.

Surround yourself with people you aspire to be, what you too want to become and who are out to reach similar goals as you. You can relate to such people, have meaningful conversations with them, discuss your problems, ask for advice and seek their help when you feel stuck.

  1. Those who can inspire you and be your role model.

Surround yourself people you admire, look up to, want to emulate and walk in their footsteps. They are the awesome people you always dream of becoming. These people can impact you tremendously, help you get into the winner’s mindset, infuse self-belief and confidence in you that you too can succeed and accomplish your goals.

  1. Those who help you tap your full potential and bring out the best in you.

Surround yourself with people who understand you, can identify with your dreams and aspirations and will help you further your goals. They may be your family members, friends, colleagues or associates- anyone you can resonate with and feel comfortable with talking your heart out, discussing your positives and negatives, assets and limitations, strengths and weaknesses. They will help you get in touch with your real self and make you feel confident and empowered.

  1. Those who can provide a genuine feedback.

It is human nature to hear good things about ourselves. Most people gravitate towards those who appreciate them and talk positive about them. But it is not wise to have ‘yes people’ around you all the time. To have a balanced view about yourself and be aware of your blind spots, it is important that you surround yourself with people who can provide authentic feedback and who don’t mince words while giving their honest opinion about you. They will help you better yourself, rectify your mistakes, work on your weak spots and help you grow.

  1. Those who can help you keep happy, upbeat and positive.

En route the journey of success, you will experience difficulties, face challenges, problems and hardships that can make you feel low. It is important to have a support group and be surrounded by people who can keep your spirits up when the chips are down and boost your morale when things seem dark and nebulous. These cheerleaders will be there for you when you need them the most and help you tide over down times.

  1. The ‘forward moving’ people.

Surround yourself with people who are forever marching ahead. They are not satisfied with one time success. For them, success is an ongoing journey. They set themselves goals, work hard to accomplish them, get what they want but don’t stop at that. They are not the ones to rest on their laurels. These people are moving ever onwards. When one set of goals is achieved, they raise the bar higher and give themselves a new set of goals. Such people will inspire you and encourage you to keep doing new things and set new goals for yourself.

You cannot change the people around you but you definitely have the power to choose people whom you wish to be close to you and influence you in a meaningful way. Surround yourself with the ambitious and the most productive people if you want to grow. This choice will go a long way in helping you keep yourself in a positive frame of mind, work hard to achieve your goals, reach where you aspire to be and live a happy and successful life.


Dr Roopleen is a Motivational counselor, speaker, writer, Eye Surgeon, life enthusiast, minimalist, author of ‘Principles of Success made easy’ and ‘Words to Inspire The Winner In YOU.’