If you want to get ahead, here’s who can help

Northern Rivers Style - - MONEY - JA­NINE GAR­NER

The adage “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” has sig­nif­i­cantly more weight in this 21st cen­tury world of busy-ness where job va­can­cies are filled be­fore they are ad­ver­tised and pre­vi­ously un­thought-of col­lab­o­ra­tions ap­pear out of nowhere to cre­ate new and com­pet­i­tive mar­kets.

How­ever, who is in your net­work and how much in­put or in­flu­ence they have on what you are do­ing or try­ing to achieve is crit­i­cal to your growth and suc­cess.

Choos­ing your net­work wisely starts with these peo­ple.


Your own per­sonal cheer­lead­ing squad is key to your suc­cess. They are with you through thick or thin, never giv­ing up on you, al­ways dream­ing big with you. Pro­mot­ers pull you to­ward your fu­ture dreams, make noise about po­ten­tial pos­si­bil­i­ties, spend time with you to ex­plore how you’re go­ing to achieve your goals and in­spire you to be­come more.


Climb­ing the lad­der of suc­cess can be a lonely task, re­quir­ing grit, de­ter­mi­na­tion and per­se­ver­ance. We all ex­pe­ri­ence days of frus­tra­tion and dis­ap­point­ment, days when we have to face our fears, make tough de­ci­sions or calls, push past fail­ures, re­cal­i­brate our re­al­ity and keep fo­cused on op­por­tu­ni­ties that lie out­side our com­fort zone. Hav­ing the right crew to help you over­come these dif­fi­cul­ties, keep­ing you men­tally tough and bal­anced, is cru­cial.


Seek out teach­ers who will con­tinue to help de­velop your mas­tery and knowl­edge, push­ing you to know more. They may have al­ready achieved what you want to achieve and will will­ingly open doors, make in­tro­duc­tions and pave the way to your suc­cess.

The right teach­ers teach you mas­tery, guide and stretch your think­ing and en­cour­age you to push, be­cause they know that this con­stant cu­rios­ity cre­ates real op­por­tu­nity for growth, achieve­ment and suc­cess.


Butt-kick­ers lis­ten to your dreams and ac­cel­er­ate your goals, push­ing you to do more and hold­ing you ac­count­able for all your ac­tions — and then some.

Syd­ney-based Ja­nine Gar­ner is the au­thor of It’s Who You Know: How a net­work of 12 key peo­ple can fast-track your suc­cess (Wi­ley) and From Me To We: Why Com­mer­cial Col­lab­o­ra­tion Will Fu­ture Proof Busi­ness, Lead­ers and Per­sonal Suc­cess (Wi­ley). Visit http://www.ja­nine­gar­

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