By Mark Hopkins
Whether we like it or
not, we become more like the people we spend the most time with �
and most people�s time is spent at work. Who you choose to spend
time with in the office can affect your learning curve and,
consequently, how prosperous you become. In order to learn
everything you can to achieve your vision, you need to surround
yourself with colleagues, employers and clients who are on fire,
people who have a clear vision.
This is true of friends
and even romantic relationships, but it�s especially true of the
people you work with. The goal is to accelerate learning while
making it fun. Being with people you like who are also skilled and
prosperous allows you to almost effortlessly develop the same skills
that make them successful. The transformation happens through
The people you choose
should admired for their determination, for the knowledge they�ve
acquired, for the values they live by, and for their efforts to
achieve success � not only in their job, but in their life. To help
you spot those people, look for the following six attributes.
Those who are designing their life with a plan in mind.
People who constantly give themselves something to work toward,
and a way to build a sense of accomplishment.
People who exude energy and ideas, and follow them through to
achieve great things.
Those who are constantly exploring and learning, are
multifaceted in their interests, and enjoy sharing what they�ve
learned with others.
Those who are innovators, who ignore the nay-sayers and make
their own paths.
People who may know other people whom you could turn to for
career advice or help.
Spending more time with
these kinds of people will not only provide you with a shorter path
to prosperity, but will also be a lot of fun. So remember: pursue
the passionate, avoid the zombies. Try it!
(Mark Hopkins is the
Shortcut to Prosperity: 10 Entrepreneurial Habits and a
Roadmap For An Exceptional Career. After building a leadership
career with companies like Hewlett Packard and Emerson Electric,
Hopkins founded Peak Industries, a medical device contract
manufacturer, which he grew to $75 million and later sold to Delphi.
He then founded Crescendo Capital Partners, a private equity firm,
and Catalyst, a private foundation supporting both Colorado-based
nonprofits and micro-lending in the developing world.)
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