|Being around 5 exceptional people will teach you more than your entire bachelor’s degree. The amount of learning, growth and opportunities that will come from those people is difficult to even quantify.
Here is how you can start surrounding yourself with great people.
1. Be selective about what you want to be better in
Being around great people takes dedication. You need to make sure the relationship is authentic and beneficial for everyone. This will take more time and effort on your end if you want to be with someone more senior than you.
Set a clear goal on one thing only, and start from there.
2. Join or create micro-communities
If you already know people who can help you become the better version of yourself, organise or join a micro-community. Maybe you can do an online course together, research a certain area and have discussions, or launch a project together. You will need to take charge, take ownership over the community and set the rituals. Because if you are mainly gaining value from others, why should they?
3. Always be meeting new people
If our goal is to surround ourselves with the best people possible, this will depend on the quality of people we know. And to optimise this, we want to be constantly meeting new people (I also personally believe meeting new people is one of the most enriching thing you can do).
Try to have a 1-on-1 with at least one new person per week.
Joining a community is an obvious way to do this. But you can also reach out to your mutual connections via LinkedIn.