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3 Types of People You Need to Begin Surrounding Yourself With

Throughout my undergraduate and full-time career, I’ve surrounded myself with three types of influential people: Thinkers, Connectors, and Doers.

 

Three Types of People You Need to Begin Surrounding Yourself With

 

Throughout my undergraduate and full-time career, I’ve surrounded myself with three types of influential people: Thinkers, Connectors, and Doers. As you read through this post, think to yourself, “Who do I personally choose to surround myself with, and are these people truly helping me reach my personal goals?” If not, I challenge you think carefully about who you choose to spend your time and energy with.

Three Types of People You Need to Begin Surrounding Yourself With to Reach Your Personal and Professional Goals.

The Thinkers: Thinkers are known for coming up with solutions to everyday problems. They enjoy reading, researching, and presenting their findings to like-minded individuals. Present a problem to a thinker, and he or she will develop several solutions. Although at times they may work behind the scenes, they’re incredible at conceptualizing innovative business ideas.

Within your personal life, you may know these individuals as the ones that are always “thinking.” Often, you can see within their eyes that a million and a half thoughts and ideas are racing through their brain. Connect with these individuals - they will serve as a primary source for innovation and solutions. 

The Connectors: Often known as the “I got a guy for that” person. Connectors value building strategic relationships and enjoy connecting others with influential contacts. Connectors are reliable team players who leverage their robust network to help you reach your personal and professional goals. Present an idea to a Connector, and he or she will put you in contact with someone who’ll make it happen.

Everyone knows the Connector's name. He or she has 1,000+ LinkedIn connections, and serves on either a board or committee for many types of industries and causes. Reach out and connect with these individuals, and they’ll serve as a catalyst in helping you reach the influential people you need to attain your goals.

The Doers: Doers make things happen. No matter how tall the barriers to entry may be, they’ll leverage any resources they have to accomplish a goal. These are the self-starters, the innovators, and the motivators. Like the Connectors, they too have developed an influential network that can be leveraged. They enjoy the spotlight, and will do almost anything in their power to yield results and make a difference in society.

Doers move quickly. Once a Doer reaches his or her pinnacle, it’s tough to get time on their calendar. Luckily, there are two key opportunities to connect with these types of people: Either use the networking power of a Connector to introduce you to a Doer, or surround yourself with the young Doers that are already making a difference. Young Doers surround us everyday -- they’re students leaders, entrepreneurs,  and the go getters. Connect and learn from them.

As you think of your inner circle of peers, who are your Thinkers, Connectors, and Doers? Which of the three do you identify the most with?