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To get your entrepreneurial dreams up and running, it’s important that you surround yourself with the people and network that will assist you as you grow. The Daily Muse details that there are five types of people you need to have in your corner to help guarantee success. Pick a few people from each of these categories to help you move forward with your professional ambitions.

Thought Leaders. These are people that will help you gain a new perspective on your business ideas. They can be based in any field or industry as long as they are able to inspire you with tough questions and out of the box ideas. These are the people that will challenge you to keep moving forward and help steer you in the right direction.

Informants. Informants are people that are experts at just about everything. Ever met someone that seems to have knowledge on any concept or topic? These are the kinds of people you need in your network. Ask them questions often. Take them to lunch and see what interesting tidbits of information you can glean from them that will help you along the way.

Trailblazers. It’s important to see the people who established a business similar to what you hope to establish as mentors and not as competition. They are people who can share with you what they learned along the way and give you insights on the do’s and don’ts of the business.

Role Models. The difference between trailblazers and role models is that your role model choices do not have to be in your same industry. It’s more important that you pick people that will be available and willing to offer invaluable leadership and learning tips. Find people you admire in various industries and see what you can learn from them. Figure out how their techniques can be applied to your own business ambitions.

Cheerleaders. Everybody needs a few positive people that are always ready to support you and cheer you on. Being an entrepreneur isn’t easy and you’ll need the support through each stage of your business development. When you’re in doubt, they’re there to provide you encouragement. When you’re feeling great, they’re there to celebrate with you.

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