Hanging Around Successful People Breeds Success If you want to be successful the first thing that you should do is to start hanging around successful people. Women in particular need to spend time around successful women if they want success. Unfortunately, many people do exactly the opposite: they hang around the same old friends or the gang at the water cooler. They learn negative attitudes and stereotypes and convince themselves that they will never get anywhere. Or worse they learn that success is based purely upon luck and nothing else. Women often do this, they hang around with the same old friends and learn that the glass ceiling is unbreakable and that it is a man’s world. They become convinced that everything is stacked against them and that trying to do or achieve anything better is simply a waste of time and effort. The way to avoid falling into this rut is to expose yourself to as many successful people as possible. Spending as much time as possible around those who have succeeded is the best inspiration and motivation that there is. By examining such persons you will see that they are no smarter or more capable than you are. You will also see that others can succeed and so can you. Do not just read about success in books or listen to somebody else talking about it in tapes. Expose yourself to it by participating in organizations like the National Association of Professional Women, community groups, business, classes and so on. Spending time with the successful gives you role models who can show you how to succeed. It also gives you evidence to refute the evidence of your everyday acquaintances. You will never break through the glass ceiling if you hang around with those who believe it is unbreakable.