What does it take to “Thrive” in today’s world?  That’s what we’ll discuss in this post today.  For business owners, entrepreneurs, and world-changers, the game has evolved a whole lot over the past 10 or so years.

No longer can you get by by doing the same old thing, those who do so will find themselves stunted and headed towards financial, or influential, ruin.  You need to be constantly growing and constantly giving to those you are seeking to help.

The top contributor to your personal growth is directly correlated to the quality of the relationships that you keep in your life.  You’ve certainly heard the Jim Rohn quote,

“You’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.”

So who are you surrounded with?  Are they helping you get stronger, or are they slowly dulling you down and pulling you away from your calling?  It pays exponential dividends to regularly take a good hard look at this.  

Here are 5 key relationships that you NEED to cultivate in your life if you are to truly thrive:

1. You Need a Mentor

A mentor is someone who can see the potential in you and who has been on a similar path to where you want to go.  This person can see something in you that you may not see at the moment.  They have an outside perspective of where you are and what you need to do next to get closer to your goal.

Mentors can also challenge you and give you the feedback, or hard love, that you need in order to progress forward.

2. You Need a Sidekick

Your sidekick is a true equal that helps you to stay accountable and vice versa.  Your relationship with this person is both give and take, but always beneficial.  

Think of this person as your brother or sister that you can trust when times are good or bad.  Allow them to speak into your life, they’re there to help remind you what matters most.  It’s important to have someone running at the same pace as you and in the same direction.

3. You Need Someone Smarter Than You

If you are the smartest person in the room, do yourself a favor… find a different room.  

The worst thing you can do to yourself is to assume that you know everything about what you’re pursuing.  You need to surround yourself with people who are smarter than you, or at least smarter in a different “area” than you, then soak up some wisdom they gained through their years of experience.

4. You Need Someone More Successful Than You

What kind of success are you looking for?  Get super clear on that and write it down.  

Next, find someone who has already achieved this level of success and do all you can to begin building a relationship with them.

This could be a long distance or virtual relationship, either way, you should find ways to learn from these individuals and apply the lessons they learned to your particular endeavor.

5. You Need Someone to Mentor

Finally, just as you need to find a mentor, you need to be mentoring someone else.  

Search for somebody who has a similar hunger and drive as you who is just starting out and help them cultivate their gift.  By doing so, you end up sharpening your own gift as well.

Great leaders know how to take complex tasks and turn them into easy to understand steps for someone less experienced to take.  Who are you feeding into?

Which of these relationships do you need to pursue more aggressively in your life?