Seek Out These 3 Groups of People to Grow and Learn

This post is by David Cummings from David Cummings on Startups

Last week an entrepreneur was sharing about a concept he heard on a recent podcast episode from My First Million. Generally, one of the best ways to grow and learn is from other entrepreneurs. Only, it shouldn’t be done randomly. Instead, there are three groups of people entrepreneurs should seek out and building relationships with:

  • Done it Before
    Entrepreneurs that have done it before and are already successful is the most common and sought after group. This group is often the highest demand, so it can be challenging to break into, but often has rich wisdom and experience to share. Sometimes the best route to access this group is indirectly through service providers or other trusted connections. Ask your lawyer, accountant, and banker if they have any introductions. Also, try reaching out directly to people in this group through email or direct messages with a compelling reason why you’d like to meet them and talk.
  • Doing it Now
    Entrepreneurs actively in the arena scaling their company are my favorite group to learn from. Organizations like EO and YPO have incredible programs and peer group forums designed specifically for learning and growing. Often, you can reach out directly to this group and share you’re in the same city, industry, or vertical. Check out a list like the Inc. 5000 to start searching for entrepreneurs.
  • Starting Out
    Entrepreneurs that are just starting out have the most energy, unique perspectives, and unbridled optimism. For entrepreneurs that have been doing it a while, (Read more…)