Nothing is more important than to be surrounded by the right people. Whether you already are leading a life that lets you embrace your multiple interests , are thinking about doing it or somewhere in between, you’ll need them to move forward.
If you are at the early stages, wondering what you can do to implement more of your interests in your life and career, like minded people can show you it is possible to create a life that fits you. They will help you figure out what you might want to do, give you advices, and help you during the unavoidable moments of doubt.
If you are already well on your journey, they will keep you motivated and help you look at your problems differently, and find creative ways to solve them.
And if you already have a life that feels like you, there will be times when you’ll have doubts and need reassurance. And when things are good, they will be there to help you find new ideas, start a new venture, or simply be there to have coffee with you in the middle of the day.
Where to find them
If you are lucky, you might have some of them right at your fingertips like I do. I’m lucky enough to have all 3 of my brothers and sisters now self employed and we regularly check on each others projects and help each other. We test our ideas on each other, get feedbacks or simply have a laugh. I also realised almost all of my friends are self employed too and/or have a multifaceted life that allows them to explore many of their interests on a regular basis.
In your network, if you look for them, you might have people like these that can help, motivate or mentor you. If you don’t, there are many great communities of people online that are ready to help you and support you. You just have to look for them.
A small warning
Trusted friends and family members are great, but some of the people close to you can also be exactly what you don’t need. If they are pessimistic, afraid or don’t get why you’d want to change. If they’re scared that the current economy is not the best moment to make a change, or simply don’t understand you want (and need) to experiment something new, you might want to consider sharing a little bit less about this dream with them for the time being. That’s not what you need to soar.
One of my clients has been working for 20 years in a very niched industry and is now considering changing completely. Her husband is not understanding why she would want to “throw away” her long earned expertise to start something completely new. It’s not easy not to listen to these people, especially when they’re this close to you. They might stop you from going after what you want now, but if they really care about you, they’ll probably be the first ones to congratulate you when you’ve made it. If they don’t, you may consider not seeing them too often (if at all!) because it’s always better to be surrounded by positive and encouraging people than the ones that weigh you down (like the ones in the drawing).
So who are your best supporters? How did you find them? Let me know in the comments below.