Peer groups with similar objectives do more than offer a sense of community and belonging – they can be one of the keys to personal achievement and professional success. If you are responsible for cultivating talent in others, identify opportunities for like-minded and similarly-goaled individuals to collaborate on a regularly scheduled basis. Motivational speaker Jim Rohn famously said that we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with; research has shown that we are more affected by our environment than we think. Having the ability to remain committed to a specific goal is much more feasible when surrounding yourself with others who have achieved or are pursuing the same. Putting pride aside and consciously seeking out mentorship and support from others is critical.
“There is no such thing as self-help. If you did it yourself then you didn’t need help.” – George Carlin, Comedian