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The Relationships You Need to Succeed in Your Career

Lindsay Boccardo, generational consultant and millennial career coach says one of her favorite quotes is, “No one — not rock stars, not professional athletes, not software billionaires, and not even geniuses — ever makes it alone.” It comes from Malcom Gladwell’s book, Outliers. Here’s more from her:

And isn’t that the truth? If we look at the major milestones and accomplishments in our life, we think of the PEOPLE that helped us get there. That’s what’s so beautiful about it.

Okay, so WHO do we need in our lives to succeed in our career?

1. A few mentors – people who are a few steps down the road that are doing what you want to do. Spend time around them, see how they behave, how they treat people, and how they make decisions.

2. Healthy friends – Who is at your level (not necessarily a competitor) but someone you can work alongside and share struggles and victories with? We need support and connection to take the risks we want to take.

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3. Your current team (which includes your boss and teammates). It’s important to note that the people in your life right now are part of what dictate your future. How is your relationship with your current boss and team? They can be your biggest advocates or a huge barrier to your next career steps.

4. Your LIFE TEAM – anyone who you need for a season to help you remove barriers. It could be a financial advisor if you’re distracted by financial concerns, a therapist if you’re wrestling with your emotional health, a life coach if you need a game plan, the list goes on.

How could you pull one new person into your life for a fresh perspective and encouragement? Receiving encouragement will help you grow stronger and open up possibilities you may have never thought of. We truly cannot do it alone.

For more from Lindsay, visit her website.

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