Rule #2 – Surround Yourself With Success

You can't build any kind of organization if you're not going to surround yourself with people who have experience and skill base beyond your own.

Howard Schultz (CEO of Starbucks)

In our world, including the world of physics, opposites attract.  My current business partner, with whom I've worked with for 18 years, is the opposite of myself in many aspects.  At the same time, though, we are like-minded and headed in the same direction.  He is GREAT at what he contributes to the business, and I am good at what I do.  Recognizing each other's strengths is what makes both of us better.


If you want to succeed, you need to surround yourself with people who are heading to the top of the mountain, not wallowing in the gorge.  We are constantly trying to encourage others and lift them up, just as we are looking for others to show us the next foothold on the trail.  


Often we have people in our lives who are miserable due to their own decisions, or just by nature.  Whether by nature or nurture, they make fun of other people, commiserate their "misfortunes" and try to make themselves feel better at the expense of others.  All of us know people like that - if not, you're that person.  Successful people are constantly looking for solutions, trying to figure out how to be better, and looking for an opportunity to celebrate a victory.


Just because we may seem jovial much of the time, does not mean that we ignore or are oblivous to risk.  It's our nature to see around the mountain to the goal beyond.  Surround yourself with people you admire, and whose attitude you respect and you'll be rich beyond wealth.