Who’s your E, Drama, Turtle, and Ari?
The Quest of "Whole Human Development" may be different than trying to make it in Hollywood, but, whether you want a successful acting career or a successful life, it’s important to have a good base of support.
“We have never met a single human being in the world who can make it, sell it and look after the money. It doesn't exist. This person has never been born. We've done the research, and we have looked at the 100 iconic companies of the world -- Carnegie, Westinghouse, Edison, Ford, all the new companies, Google, Yahoo. There's only one thing that all the successful companies in the world have in common, only one: None were started by one person.” ~Ernesto Sirolli
According to Ernesto Sirolli, you need at least three people to operate a business:
This post would to suggest you multiply that by three:
According to the field of Whole Human Development there are nine critical aspects necessary to the health and happiness of every human being.
It’s easy to conclude: If these nine aspects are necessary to the health of an individual, they are doubly important to the health of an entrepreneur and their business.
So, what if you take a page from Vincent Chase (the star of Entourage) and build your own entourage based on the nine aspects of whole human development? This way, you ensure that you or your business will never have to look far when in need of help:
Mechanics and Technology. Who is your techie? Who do you go to if you have car trouble? It might be challenging to find someone who can code and tune your engine, but depending on your business, it would be a good idea to have at least one friend who has mechanical or technical skills.
The Environment. Going outdoors is essential to your health, even if it has nothing to do with your business. Who do you know who can identify wildlife and hike the Appalachian Trail? Not only will this friend benefit your health, they just might have some critical insights for your business.
Survival. Who knows CPR? Do you have a friend who knows how to grow food, build houses, or drill a well? You might not find a friend that can do all of these things, but, if you hang out someone who can do some of these things, not only will you know who to call when the going gets rough-- you’ll likely learn something relevant to your business.
Community and Commerce. This is where your salesperson and accountant come in. You might think an accountant is an unnecessary evil… but what if you liked spending time with them? As for a salesman, just ask yourself: Out of your friends, would any of them go out of there way to connect you with potential clients or customers? If ‘yes’, then you should know that friend is worth their weight in gold.
Motion and Play. Different than the ‘nature lover’, which of your friends is a swimmer, dancer, or yogi? Which of your friends keeps you laughing? This person is essential. Even if they don’t benefit your business directly, they’ll make you more effective and enjoyable at work and add years to your life.
Emotion and Family. Who is the most supportive person you know? Who is there for you in good times and bad? Who knows your flaws and still loves you? Whether this person is a spouse, a friend, or a family member… If you don’t have this person, you probably shouldn’t be trying to start a business.
Society and Belonging. Who is your mentor? Who makes you feel like you belong? Whether you connect with this person over craftsmanship or serving others, it’s critical that you associate with a group or a person that makes you feel purposeful and appreciated.
Intellect. Who is the smartest person you know? Whether you love learning or not, you can’t deny the importance of good geek. Don’t let your insecurity push these people away. If you find a person who intimidates you intellectually, pursue a friendship. They will do for your mind what personal trainer does for your body.
Spirituality and Contemplation. Whether you’re religious or not, connecting with others around deeply held beliefs has irrefutable health benefits. Even if you don’t believe in faith or spirituality, you stand to benefit from associating with someone who does. Just think about this: appreciating people, despite differences, is a critical business skill-- and you might learn something along the way.
For more about shaping yourself by deliberately choosing the people you associate with, read this.