Networking Tip: associate with the right people in every category of your life

Last year I wrote about Denis Waitley’s quote that we are a direct reflection of the 5 people we associate with the most.

Let me elaborate a little bit more on this in this post.

I already gave the tip to think about your goals first.

It’s a good idea to think about several aspects of your life.

One of the ways to look at it is following the 7 categories from Carl Van de Velde (from his book “10 stappen naar succes en geluk”):
– Money and Career
– Family and relationships
– Health
– Enjoying and fun
– Material things
– Personal Development
– Contribution to society

Now think about who you could associate with in every category. Someone who can bring you much fun and joy, might not be the right person to associate with when it comes to money and career.

An important remark I want to make is that you don’t necessarily have to meet these people in person. Of course it helps a lot when you are able to spend time with them, but don’t let that hold you back.

For example:

– If you want to take your health to the next level, who do you think are healthy people? Who in your current environment? But also: who is a role model? Maybe it is Jane Fonda. Then buy a DVD from her. In this way you also associate with her.

– If you want to work on personal development, think about a person who inspires you. Maybe it is Anthony Robbins. Then buy a CD from him and listen to it in your car. And listen to it again. This is also a way of associating with someone.

But maybe you don’t know where to start or you can’t think of any role models.

Then tap into the power of your network !

Share your goal and ask them who they think of, who they can recommend and maybe even connect you with.

To your success !



5 Responses to Networking Tip: associate with the right people in every category of your life

  1. Diane Smets says:

    Dear Jan,

    it is represented in a clear and simple manner and what you do is kind of summarise one of the major learning points the many great masters have voiced (Napoleon Hills – Think and Grow Rich, Tony Robbins – already quoted by you, and many others) use role models in the areas you want to improve on. Learn how they do things in order to achieve success in their areas.

    As I sometimes struggle finding the right people you make it sound easy using LinkedIn for this: share your goals and ask who they think of!
    Life can be so simple!

    Thanks for the great tip!


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    So here’s to the journey of life and everyone I have met lately. May God
    bless you all abundantly.

    The internet and the home computer is two of the greatest inventions of my
    time here on earth. If you know the right questions to ask, there isn’t any
    thing you can’t find or learn. Thanks for everyone.

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