True Success Requires Acknowledging your Personal Support System

Many of the successful people we admire – whether it be an entrepreneur, musician, athlete, mentor, executive, spiritual teacher or guru are typically perceived as people who have pulled themselves up by their own bootstraps. Meaning they achieved their success solely by their own efforts and determination. The reality is, that is only part of the equation. Anyone you who you see as successful or a high achiever has a massive Personal Support System which is rarely brought to light, because it is easier to focus on one person than the power and support of many. The bigger the success, the bigger the support.

We all have Personal Support Systems to some degree and the best way to harness the power of it, is to first acknowledge you have one. This system is your personal community of advisors, mentors, inspirers, coaches, teachers, leaders and experts who motivate and strengthen you in areas that you are weaker in or need further development in. This works similarly to the concept of the “Mastermind” Group. Popularized by Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich. Hill defined the mastermind as  “coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose”, excerpted from Feel Good Girl The beauty of the Personal Support System vs. the Mastermind Group is you already have one, it doesn’t require and formal meeting and doesn’t even have to be organized (though it would help).

Furthermore, it is not required that all the people in your Personal Support System have a personal relationship with you. I have several people in my system who I am not on a first name basis with, whom I look to for inspiration and motivation. They support me merely through observation. Have you had anyone whom you see regularly, and doesn’t know you – that make you want to step your game up? Whether at the gym, in a race, at a store or on the job. These people are in your system too.

Personal Suppoer System Map

5 keys to attaining success through your Personal Support System:

    1. Acknowledge your Personal Support System and the people in it as much as possible.
    2. Pay it Forward: Share the knowledge you have gained from others and give them credit.
    3. Support your supports: Play an active role in their Personal Support Systems.
    4. Let people know how they support you, ie. “thanks for the motivation” or “hey you really pushed me today”.
    5. Become as excited about the success of others as your are about your own success (don’t fake it).

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About Garrick Gibson
Garrick Gibson, an alumnus of Florida A and M University is an HBCU advocate, designer, marathoner and blogger at HBCU Lifestyle. His passion for healthy living and raising college-bound children has led him to co-found HBCU Lifestyle, and inspire students and parents to preserve the HBCU tradition.

7 Responses to True Success Requires Acknowledging your Personal Support System

  1. I think people are our greatest resource outside of our own health, awareness, and education. This is worthy of being published at least yearly just so we are reminded of the points you have made. Love the clarity your diagrams offer. Love the delivery of the blog to the email via 1 click.

  2. This message is timely and timeless. We often get caught up in the I, Me, Mine perspective of life and living and forget that the child raised by the village is also supported by that same village and beyond through the books we read, the programs we watch and the music we listen to. Thanks for the cause to pause!

  3. Recently came across your post. Love it! Thank you.

    • Thank you so much for your comments and pingback. Please let me know how you found the post.

    • Eve says:

      Én is kérek szépen! :))A név: gyanús, hogy ilyen jellegű étkeket készítenek/ttek &qn¡;tpiucelÃotogatás" alkalmával az emberkék. Tejföl nélkül hasonló készül akkor is, amikor apám mondja, hogy "megyek fÅ‘zni Gipsz Jakab pincéjébe"…na ja, valamit muszáj enni is. 😀

  4. Pingback: The Strong Supportive Stem « Random Reflectionz

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