It used to be a lot harder to reach out to successful people;
That’s a given, right?
However, regardless of what you want to talk about with your role models and people who inspire you, there are so many benefits of reaching out to them.
Why should you reach out to successful people?
If you’re a dreamer, and you follow others who achieved dreams similar to yours, then imagine how much could come from you conversing with them. They might just be able to help you in a ridiculous number of ways.
14 Reasons to Reach Out to Successful People
Here’s an awesome list of benefits of reaching out to successful people. There’s so much good that can come from simply shooting someone you admire an email. The possibilities are endless, so read this and see what you think.
1. You Can Learn A Lot From Successful People
The key reason why most people would want to reach out to successful people would be to learn from them.
If you’re able to talk and converse with someone who has been successful in an area you’re enthusiastic about, that’s huge. They possess the knowledge needed to become successful at what you love to do.
Ask them questions, learn from them. Become more knowledgeable on the one thing you see yourself doing in the future.
2. They Are Almost Always Willing to Help
The great thing about those that are successful is that they often have a very generous mindset. Most successful individuals will love to help other people. That’s normally how they’ve managed to get to where they are.
Despite everything you might have been told about the wealthy being greedy and only wanting to help themselves, it’s usually the complete opposite.
So don’t be afraid to reach out to someone you look up to, just because you think they’ll be annoyed with you asking questions and won’t want to help.
3. You Can Easily Make Crucial Connections Through Them
Just because you send an email or a message to one person doesn’t mean the conversation has to end there. Someone you speak to is likely to know others who may be in a better position to help you or give you advice.
Naturally, they’ll introduce you to these people. It may end up being a crucial connection for you in the future, all thanks to you reaching out to someone completely different entirely.
Just goes to show it pays you to try and communicate with successful individuals, no matter how likely you think they are to be able to help you out.
4. Nowadays, It’s Easy to Reach Out to Successful People
Gone are the days where you’d have to try and find your role models in person to try and grab a minute of their time.
Now, it’s much simpler. All you have to do is get their email address or social media info, and it becomes possible for you to reach out. And let’s face it, it’s not exactly hard to get someone’s email address or Facebook info.
There aren’t really any excuses for not being able to speak to people who inspire you. Unless of course, they just don’t reply. Which is sometimes likely, but that’s why you reach out to more than one person.
5. Successful People Are Inspirational People
As we’ve briefly been saying in the points above, successful people are people you find to be inspirational. Being inspired by others can do wonderful things for you, and that’s probably why you look up to the individuals in question in the first place.
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If you’re trying to be an entrepreneur, and you see others who are already successful entrepreneurs, it’s easy to be inspired by them.
Being able to have a conversation with them only enhances this feeling, and inspiration is definitely something we all need more of.
6. Surround Yourself With People You Want to Be Like
They say you become like the 5 people with whom you spend the most time. If you spend your time with negative people, you’ll become negative. If you spend your time with successful people, you’ll become successful.
It’s not exactly guaranteed, but the studies are there.
So naturally, having conversations with people you admire and want to be like, will help you become more like them. Understand the traits they carry, the way they speak and communicate, the attitudes they have and the knowledge that can quickly be passed on to you.
7. It’s Very Motivating to See An Insight to A Successful Person’s Life
It’s a tremendously motivating experience to get a wider inside peek at the life of someone who’s successful.
Maybe they end up telling you stories that give small glimpses of some of the things they do on a daily basis. The places they go, the cars they drive, the activities they get up to.
That has to be motivating for you to see right? Knowing that you could one day have access to what they have.
I’ve recently been interviewing people for the Wealthy Gorilla podcast, launching very shortly. It has given me an opportunity to talk with successful individuals and let them share their story with myself, and soon with any Wealthy Gorilla readers when it goes live.
Trust me, their stories are motivating.
8. They’ll Understand What You’re Going Through
A successful individual, 9 times out of 10, will have been through everything you’re going through right now.
Maybe you’re suffering from setbacks, disbelief, lack of results, exhaustion, money issues. Talk to someone who’s been there and come out on the other side.
It may just give you the inspiration you need to overcome any challenges in your way. Plus, since they’ve experienced the same hardships, they’ll be more empathetic towards you, and more likely to want to help you.
9. It Becomes Easier to Learn From Your Mistakes
When you decide to reach out to successful people, you are making the decision to reduce your learning curve, and be able to learn from any mistakes you make earlier on.
When you have no one to look up to, and you have something you’re setting out to achieve, you only have your own knowledge to go from. Your friends can’t help you. They most likely don’t know what you’re talking about.
So being able to pick up knowledge from a mentor or role model along the journey you’re on, is a huge bonus.
10. You’re A Lot Less Likely to Give up on Your Dreams
Most people decide to give up on their dreams thinking that they’re impossible. That they can’t be done, and it’s just not meant to be.
What if you were able to have an actual conversation with someone, telling you they’d achieved dreams rather similar to yours. You’d probably rethink your decision to quit right?
The excuse you gave yourself to give up is no longer valid. Before you give up on your dreams, it makes sense to try and speak with someone who’s in a similar position to the one you want to be in.
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11. You Get to Experience Different Traits That Are Important for Success
I think I mentioned in one of the points earlier on that you really do get to understand more about the different traits and attitudes successful individuals carry when you converse with them.
This is an incredibly valuable experience for you because you are shown the qualities and habits you must adapt to become the individual you seek to be like and to have the life you desire to live.
12. It Doesn’t Take A Lot of Time
Let’s be real here, it doesn’t take long to send an email. After reading through the complete list of reasons to reach out to successful people here, it’ll be clear that the time spent sending emails will 100% be worth it.
There’s not really any reasonable excuse for not reaching out to someone.
13. You Can Practice Your Communication Skills With Them
If you can communicate with a successful and confident individual would, then that puts you in a good position for making new connections and gives you a vital skill when it comes down to your own success.
You’re able to pick up on how they communicate and reciprocate in a similar fashion, to better your level of communication in the eyes of a successful person.
14. It’s A Confidence Booster
I can’t tell you how much of a boost in confidence you receive, when someone who’s and a huge inspiration to you, and clearly has a busy life, is taking the time you communicate and converse with you.
Not only does the boost in confidence comes from the fact they’re taking time out of their busy schedule to talk to you. It also comes from the fact you’re speaking to someone who’s done what you dream to do.
They’ve made it possible, and maybe they were once exactly where you are now.
How to Reach Out to Successful People
We now know all the amazing reasons why we should reach out to successful people. Shortly, we’ll also go into several ways of finding people to reach out to, if you don’t know anyone already.
Now, let’s quickly list the steps of how to reach out to successful people:
1. Get their contact information
The first step to reaching out to someone who’s successful is finding their contact information. This process will alter depending on where you found the people to reach out to. If you found them through a website, you should be able to extract their email from the site.
2. Send them an initial message
Send them an initial message, introducing yourself and that you’d love to learn more about a specific interest you both share.
3. Keep it short
Keep the initial message short. There’s nothing people hate more than being emailed and an essay that contains someone’s entire life story.
Keep it short, keep it sweet.
4. Ask for a more substantial conversation possibility
Ask if there’s a possibility of having a more substantial conversation in the future; maybe through Skype or in person. Just a scenario where the person can set aside some time to talk to you in more detail.
Where to Find Successful People to Reach Out to?
I mentioned earlier on in the article that it’s become far easier to reach out to successful people in recent years. So where can you find them? And I don’t mean where can you find their info, I mean where can you find them in the first place.
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Here are several ways to find successful people to reach out to:
1. Personal Websites
Doing simple google searches on the topics you’re interested in can easily bring up the websites of successful individuals within those areas.
2. YouTube Videos
Many role models have risen from YouTube, and if you’re reading this article you’re probably an avid viewer of motivational videos on YouTube.
Again, simple searches can bring up the channels of people who you’ll be inclined to reach out to.
3. News Articles
Regardless of where you see it, on TV, on the internet, or in the newspaper, news articles featuring a certain individual’s story might be appealing to you.
4. Social Media Searches
Hashtags are probably your best friend on social media. Using them well and with your interests included can bring up profiles of people you’d be very inspired by.
I’ve recently been adding people on Facebook, with whom I share many mutual friends. Through this, I’ve been able to connect with many successful individuals. Which brings me to my next point.
5. Mutual Friends
It doesn’t have to be through Facebook, in person still works powerfully today. You may be aware of friends who know individuals you might like to reach out to.
If you’re friends know any individuals who work high up in companies, are entrepreneurs, or successful in your desired profession, ask them for an introduction.
6. Speaking Events
Speaking events are going to attract large numbers of like-minded individuals, and plenty of opportunities normally present themselves during these events to introduce yourself to others.
We’re coming towards the end of the article on why you should reach out to successful people. This is the part where we recap in short all the points we’ve made throughout the article, and how you can start to take advantage of this information.
Here are the 14 reasons to reach out to successful people:
- You can learn a lot from successful people
- They are almost always willing to help
- You can easily make crucial connections through them
- Nowadays, it’s easy to reach out to successful people
- Successful people are inspirational people
- Surround yourself with people you want to be like
- It’s very motivating to see an insight to a successful person’s life
- They’ll understand what you’re going through
- It becomes easier to learn from your mistakes
- You’re a lot less likely to give up on your dreams
- You get to experience different traits that are important for success
- It doesn’t take a lot of time
- You can practice your communication skills with them
- It’s a confidence booster
How to reach out to successful people:
- Get their contact information
- Send them an initial message
- Keep it short
- Ask for a more substantial conversation possibility
Where to find successful people to reach out to:
- Personal websites
- YouTube videos
- News articles
- Social media searches
- Mutual friends
- Speaking Events
To conclude the article; there are so many benefits to reaching out to successful people. In fact, we consider it a must if you’re someone who’s really trying to achieve big things.
It makes to sense to talk to people who’ve already achieved similar things to what you’re trying to achieve, in every way.
Do you often reach out to successful people?
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