I recently came across a question on Quora:
“How do you know if you’re going to be successful?”
Scrolling through the replies, one story caught my eye.
It was from Hector Quintanilla, a brilliant startup expert and successful entrepreneur with nearly three decades of experience helping entrepreneurs build their businesses.
It went something like this:
“You can predict with outstanding accuracy how successful you will be.
It’s a very easy formula to understand — yet difficult to execute.
What’s the secret?
We become like the people we hang out with.
Analyze your environment. Write down all the characteristics that you like and dislike. Well, that’s exactly where you’re heading.
We’re social creatures and incredibly influenced by our cultures. This culture gets immersed in our behaviours, which are mostly unconscious.
Do you want to become a successful entrepreneur? Surround yourself with successful people.
Do you want to be happy? Surround yourself with happy people.
Do you want to be healthy? Surround yourself with healthy people.
Do you want to become more confident? Surround yourself with confident people.
Do you want to fly with eagles? Surround yourself with eagles! Eagles don’t fly with pigeons.”
It sounds like very simple advice. And it is.
It’s also incredibly powerful.
We often talk about the importance of surrounding yourself with the right people – whether it’s co-founders, advisors, mentors, or investors.
Take Hector, he was surrounded by the right people from a young age. A third-generation entrepreneur, he grew up with the entrepreneurial mindset. Which is why I invited him to share his story in this expert interview.
And I have to say, I ended up with a bit more than I bargained for.
As well as sharing his insights surrounding the entrepreneurial mindset, he shared the exact framework he uses when coaching and mentoring entrepreneurs.
You can access the complete interview here: https://altar.io/expert-interview-become-a-successful-entrepreneur/