The importance of personal connections

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
― Jim Rohn

Writing may primarily be a solitary endeavor, but it’s still important to have some kind of community supporting you. Staying connected to other writers is comforting and having a solid writer community supporting you means you will always find a way to push past writer’s block.

Even more important than forming friendships with other writers is choosing to surround yourself with people who are dedicated to becoming successful and living their dreams, people who focus on moving forward every single day. I’ve done this by going to an arts school with a heavy focus on business. Being around such talented, driven minds has inspired me to push myself harder than I ever have before towards being a success and living completely out of the world of ‘real jobs’.

These friends can’t always give me the best feedback on my writing–I have a supportive online community for that–but they always push me to take my work to the next level. And our varied talents work well together; they help me express ideas visually and I help them write theirs out. They’ll help me build my business, and I’ll help them build their businesses.

Since moving to this arts school I’ve become more successful in every aspect of my life than I ever have been before, and I know that as long as I keep working hard I will only grow more successful from here. You can find your own success by surrounding yourself with people that are just as dedicated to reaching their dreams as you are to reaching yours. And while I won’t suggest cutting everyone who isn’t strongly dedicated to success out of your life completely, it’s time to limit how much of your life you dedicate to these people.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be talking about the different kinds of writing communities and how they can help you, and how you can form friendships with successful people in your locale.