Your power circle and support system is critical to success.It takes a village... to build an empire.And it starts with giving.
"Giving connects two people, the giver and the receiver, and this connection gives birth to a new sense of belonging."- Deepak Chopra
These are the 8 people you want in your power circle:1. Givers - Your friends, family, and network "givers" pick you up when you fall down again and again. They will drop everything to help you achieve your goal. Givers purposefully build good will in the world and you're wise to reciprocate.2. Connectors - They know who you need to know and they love helping you bridge the gap.3. Leaders - Fellow movers and shakers in your industry and complimentary practices. Let's say you're a world renowned personal trainer, you want the best dietitian in your power circle.4. Experts - These folks have already successfully done what you are trying to do (or some version of it!). You can learn from their experience and seek guidance as necessary.5. Confidants - This might be a small group or one person. Your confidante is the person you trust with private business details and questions.6. Game changer - The potential long term gain from this relationship could be pivotal for your business or career. It may take months or years, but the investment is worth it (and more).7. Specialists - These are the people on your team who produce results, execute tasks, and support your overall vision with their specific skill set.8. Master collaborator - There was Oprah and Gayle, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniack, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard, and many other famous duos. In some cases you may need a partner, but just identifying a powerful collaborator or brainstorming partner will propel you forward.Look out for people who raise their hands to get things done. You want them on your team.XOPS: Want some tips on how to connect with other power players? From casual meetups to clubs and professional organizations, see our top five suggestions here.