7 ‘Smart’ Reasons to Surround Yourself With High Quality People

I am driven. I am motivated. I am a self-starter. If someone says I can’t do something, watch out because I am going to prove that ‘yes I can’ do it.  I have accomplished a lot just with my own internal drive for life.  But yesterday was one of those days that reminded me of the importance of surrounding ourselves with the most amazing people.

I have been working on the final details of some exciting things that I will be announcing shortly for my business. I work on things early in the morning and review things late at night. I am passionate and confident about the path I am taking. But it was this one thing that happened to me yesterday that just made things completely whole; gave me that final confirmation to go for what I have been working so hard on. A business woman that I really have admired from a distance for a long time now (Caterina Rando), invited me to meet up with her in the afternoon and talk about my business. In that hour or so that we met up with one another, it is amazing the value of information I received, the inspiration I got and the feeling of support.Postivity Attracts More Positivity

After finishing that meeting, I took a little time for myself and thought about the amazing things that happen when you surround yourself with the best people.  I hope this inspires you to ensure you have the right people around you.

7 ‘Smart’ Reasons to Surround Yourself with High Quality People

  1. Positive Energy is Contagious – It is absolutely amazing the positive energy you will catch when you surround yourself with the BEST people. Life is short. Positivity rocks!
  2. Inspiration to Be Your Best – Awesome, high quality people are going to pump you up to be not just ordinary but to be extraordinary!
  3. Being Supported Is Awesome – Alone we can do a lot in life, but there is no better feeling than being supported by people who ‘get’ you.
  4. You Learn and Grow Through Them – Life is about learning and growing and aspiring to be better every day. With quality people around you, the wisdom you will get is inspiring.
  5. Stress Reliever – We all have challenging days in life. With the right people around us, they lift us up and get us back in balance just when we need it most.
  6. Connecting With Like-Minded People Gives You Confidence – No matter how successful you are in life, we all like to be connected with people who get us and give us the confidence to really go for it. With quality people in your life, you will get just that.
  7. With Quality People, the Possibilities are Endless – With the right people in your life, there are no limits to what you can do. Get ready to take on the world. Because those great people in life will be right there cheering you on.

I encourage you to take a look around yourself and see if you feel you’ve got the best, positive people around you. If you do, I’d love to hear the positive things that your quality people do for you in life. And if you need to work on this, I am here for you! Let’s inspire one another to connect and surround ourselves with only the best people! Post your comments below. I want to hear from you!

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Cynthia Bazin is absolutely passionate about YOUR success and happiness. If you are ready and committed to change your life and take charge of your life, contact Cynthia today to start a conversation!     Cynthia@smartchic.me   |   https://smartchic.me

Cynthia is also City Director for a national magazine ‘Today’s Innovative Woman’! Check out her city page today!   www.todaysinnovativewoman.com/sacramento

2016-11-11T11:55:57-07:00By |Inspirational Articles|38 Comments


  1. Debbie Dickerson September 23, 2014 at 5:32 am - Reply

    Super post, simple and relatable! Recently I have found this to be truer than ever in my life. It is not a status thing, it is an inspiring thing. Surround yourself with people that push you to grow, to be a better person! If you are the smartest person in the room, it leaves little room to grow and learn.
    Cynthia, you are one of the people I virtually surround myself with to be inspired, thank you!

    • SmartChic September 23, 2014 at 5:50 am - Reply

      Thank you so much Debbie for your comments! How true it is that inspiring people help us grow! I am so blessed to be surrounded with amazing people every day that I learn and grow from. I am so happy we are connected Debbie. YOU are inspiring!

  2. Deb Scott, BA, CPC (@GreenSkyDeb) September 23, 2014 at 6:14 am - Reply

    I love all 7 reasons listed here! Very insightful, smart, and powerful. You are definitely in the high quality people contagious club! 🙂

    • SmartChic September 23, 2014 at 6:16 am - Reply

      Deb, thank you so much for the shout out! I appreciate you very much. You are a super high quality person and am so glad we are connected. Have an awesome day my friend!

  3. Sheryl Brown September 23, 2014 at 6:18 am - Reply

    I agree with all your comments here, Cynthia. This is a simple way of writing all the reasons why you want to detox your life and surround yourself with positive influences. My father was very key on reminding us that people come into your life for seasons and reasons. Determining when the season is over can be very difficult for many. Look for the reason you are connected and make sure all those reasons are the seven you’ve listed above. Good stuff – always proud of you!

    • SmartChic September 23, 2014 at 6:23 am - Reply

      Love your wisdom that you have shared here Sheryl. I am passionate about surrounding ourselves with positive people and you my friend are definitely one of the high quality people I have connected with. I appreciate your positivity and enthusiasm! Have a great day!

  4. Alli Polin September 23, 2014 at 6:22 am - Reply

    I feel so lucky to have connected with you! Your positivity is contagious! Appreciate that you’re a role model for having big dreams, working hard and staying positive. However, even more importantly, you totally get that nothing happens in a vacuum and relatinships are everything! You rock and so does this post 🙂

    • SmartChic September 23, 2014 at 6:28 am - Reply

      Alli! You are a shining example of being ‘high quality’! You walk the talk and you are super positive, supportive and inspiring. I really appreciate your shout out to me. So glad we are connected!

  5. Dale Fagre September 23, 2014 at 6:27 am - Reply

    Cynthia, you are 100% RIGHT ON! Surrounding myself with high quality people (like yourself) is a big inspiration for me. I also take the initiative to pay it forward each and every day. On Monday morning I send out an inspirational e-mail to our 140+ employees to kick start their week. I am also working with our head of talent management to put in place a system whereby we are focused on hiring high quality, committed and passion employees with integrity and drive at all levels while providing them with a career opportunity to move up as we grow. I can’t imagine doing it any other way! Thanks for sharing your 7 “Smart” reasons my friend! Have an awesome day! – Dale

    • SmartChic September 23, 2014 at 8:25 am - Reply

      Dale, I absolutely LOVE how you pay it forward each and every day. You are amazingly inspirational and I feel very grateful that we are connected. Have an awesome day!

  6. Terri Klass September 23, 2014 at 7:15 am - Reply

    I just loved your post, Cynthia and it gave me such a boost this morning! You are such an inspiration to all of us and your words of positivity are so authentic. You can see the gift of surrounding yourself with talented individuals and not feel threatened by them or their success. Many leaders never figure that out and as a result don’t give themselves the opportunity to grow and learn from others.

    You’re the best and I feel you are a gift in my life!

    • SmartChic September 23, 2014 at 8:28 am - Reply

      Thank you so much Terri for your awesome comments! Made my morning for sure. You are super inspirational as well my friend and I figured out a long time ago that together with amazing people, life is so much sweeter. I really appreciate our connection and look forward to meeting up in person someday!

  7. Geoff Conn September 23, 2014 at 7:18 am - Reply

    I am 100% with you here Cindy. Moving to my new job in a smaller town 10 years ago would be more difficult than it is now because I couldn’t be connected to positive and uplifting people like yourself. So thankful for technology and the people behind it who make me feel like friends are nearby with the simple click on my laptop/phone! 🙂 Having friends like you even miles away give me that daily boost of energy I need for encouragement. #1208

    • SmartChic September 27, 2014 at 7:37 am - Reply

      Thank you so much for your comments Geoff! You are top notch and I am so blessed to be connected with you! I appreciate you!

  8. Donna from Gomee Girl September 23, 2014 at 7:24 am - Reply

    Absolutely, Cynthia! Surrounding ourselves with the best people is one of the keys to true success! Negative energy is contagious as is positive energy! Surrounding yourself with positive people and inviting them in can help propel you forward. Thanks for sharing! Oh, and by the way, this is exactly why I like being around YOU! 😀

    • SmartChic September 27, 2014 at 7:44 am - Reply

      Thank you Donna for your awesome comments. It is so important to catch that positive energy from others. I am so glad you are one of my SmartChics! You rock!

  9. Giovanni Gaudelli September 23, 2014 at 8:14 am - Reply

    I love all 7 reasons. I agree that it’s important to surround ourselves with people who support and encourage us and yes, sometimes help us embrace some “unconvenient truths” so we can keep moving forward. Thank you, Cynthia, for being such an inspiration and for sharing positivity all around you. You are a great role model.

    • SmartChic September 27, 2014 at 7:46 am - Reply

      Thank you Giovanni for your really awesome comments. You are an inspiration to me as well. I appreciate our connection and hopefully someday we will be able to connect in person! Gratitude!

  10. Linda Mastroianni September 23, 2014 at 8:32 am - Reply

    Great post Cynthia! The importance of surrounding yourself with high quality people is truly about living a life in a positive mindset. It is only when we surround ourselves with like minded people who inspire us and give us that support and motivation to do more, be better that we are truly growing into a better version of ourselves. I am so grateful for our friendship and connection. You continue to inspire me on a daily basis! Fabulous post Cynthia, thank you for sharing it! Can’t wait to hear what new projects are lined up for you!

    • SmartChic September 27, 2014 at 7:48 am - Reply

      Thank you so much Linda for your amazing shout out. I really appreciate our connection as well. You shine! And it’s only going to get brighter and brighter for you! Together we are stronger!

  11. Kathleen Kamrada September 23, 2014 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    I love this post Cynthia! In both my personal and professional lives, I try always to surround myself with high quality people that embrace positive values. Every day, it is my mission to share important information with others that may help them to help others. I also try to make a difference in the lives of others with inspiration, encouragement, and support. When hiring team members for any of our affiliated companies we look for the heart of the person; their commitment to service; their passion for what we do; so that others may achieve their goals. It surely was serendipity meeting you, Dale, Giovanni, Geoff, and so many others. You all inspire me to be a better person, to be a better leader, and most of all to leave something behind making this world a little better each day. I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

    • SmartChic September 27, 2014 at 7:50 am - Reply

      Wow Kathleen! I love what you shared with me. You are doing amazing things and I am so glad for the power of social media! Connecting us together. Alone we can do a lot, but together with positive inspiring people, we can do so much! I look forward to getting to know you better!

  12. Christy Turner September 23, 2014 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    Yes yes yes! Like attracts like, which is why it’s so important to be mindful of the company we keep. I have noticed a dramatic difference in the past ~90 days, when I joined a coaching group for female entrepreneurs. I went from having several positive and inspiring people in my life to being absolutely enveloped in positivity 🙂 Now I’m trying new things in my business and developing a lot more confidence in my abilities. Great post, Cynthia!

    • SmartChic September 27, 2014 at 7:52 am - Reply

      Christy, thank you so much for sharing your experiences. I am so glad we have connected. You are doing amazing things with your business and I look forward to seeing your growth! You go girl!

  13. gail harris September 23, 2014 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    Hi, Cynthia. The word that comes to my mind when reading this awesome post is serendipity. As I move forward with my book launch for Finding Zoe I have made it my modis operandi to surround myself only with the best, most inspiring people, like Jess Dewell, Nora Whalen, Christine Bowen, and you, my dear. I wouldn’t have it any other way. So your post was very serendipitous, in that it was a conformation to me that I know what I am doing and also that you and are are in sync.

    I have learned, thank goodness, that, just like you say, it is not about doing it alone. And, that company is stronger than willpower. Surrounding ourselves with the people who inspire us to be our best helps us to accomplish just that. t is just like your experience with Catarina Rando.

    I am so looking forward to being on your show!!! See I walk my talk.

    • SmartChic September 27, 2014 at 7:54 am - Reply

      Thank you so much for your comments Gail. Positivity definitely attracts more positivity in our lives and I am so glad we have connected. GREAT things are in store for all of us! Congrats on your new book!!! You are awesome and I can’t wait to interview you my friend!

  14. Debbie Saviano September 23, 2014 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    Great Post and could not agree more.
    Like You mentioned, I find my Business grows the more I am around Like Minded Supportive Women.
    There are way too many to mention here as I have been #Blessed by their Friendship ~ Support ~ Encouragement and Counsel.
    We are all most fortunate to be able to call upon these Women and to know “they have our backs”
    Hugs FRIENDS!

    • SmartChic September 27, 2014 at 7:55 am - Reply

      Thank you Debbie for your fantastic comments. I am so blessed to be connected with you and so many fantastic women. You are correct. There are too many to mention. There are fabulous women that surround me and you are top notch my friend. THANK YOU!

  15. Regan Black (@ReganBlack) September 24, 2014 at 6:05 am - Reply

    The others commenters have really said it so well – and I agree 100%! Energy is a limited resource and it’s important to make connections that lift us up rather than tear us down. Positive people who focus on what’s possible are vital to our mutual success and essential for our overall wellbeing! Thanks for being one of those people in my life! 🙂

    • SmartChic September 27, 2014 at 7:57 am - Reply

      Thank you Regan for the shout out! I am so grateful that we connected through Tracy Cotton. Positivity definitely attracts more positivity and I know we will always be connected. You are awesome… truly an inspiration!

  16. Dave Moore September 24, 2014 at 6:42 am - Reply

    Great post Cynthia

    it is so true that we all need to have a great support system around us…however big or small, just SOMEONE who is in tune with what we are endeavouring to achieve is all it takes.
    I am a great promoter of the ‘you can achieve anything’ school of thought and sometimes we need some to tell us, ‘yeah, you are right, you CAN do anything’.
    Who we hang out with is who we become.



    • SmartChic September 27, 2014 at 7:58 am - Reply

      Thank you so much Dave for your great comments. We have been connected for a long time. You are really awesome and know that I appreciate you!

  17. Aubrey Welch September 25, 2014 at 12:50 am - Reply

    Seven top reminders of how we can all stay on top and ahead of the game.

    It is vital that we keep all of these in mind on both our daily working lives but also within our personal lives.

    To me these pointers are what it’s all about being associated with high class people has without a shadow of doubt a knock on effect which can only benefit and improve how we think how we act and how we work.

    We can all always learn and improve the world is always evolving and whatever additional help and guidance we get can only be a positive thing.

    Cindy thanks as always for being awesome and keeping as focused.


    • SmartChic September 27, 2014 at 7:59 am - Reply

      I appreciate your shout out Aubrey! You are one of those top-notch people that I really appreciate! Always positive. Always supportive. You are appreciated my friend!

  18. Dayanna Valenciano-Luna September 25, 2014 at 5:06 am - Reply

    Love the post Cynthia! As I was reading I found myself thinking of all the men and women that have touch my life one way or another and inspired me over the years to continue my journey. Magical things start evolving when we sorround ourselves with like-minded people!

    • SmartChic September 27, 2014 at 8:00 am - Reply

      You are so right Dayanna that magical things DO happen when you surround yourself with the best people. I appreciate our connection Dayanna. It only gets better and better! Keep doing your thing. You are awesome!

  19. Stephanie September 25, 2014 at 10:36 am - Reply

    Great post! Connecting with like minded people is so important. You simply need to be around people that inspire you and lift you up. Even if it means stepping out of your comfort zone.

    • SmartChic September 27, 2014 at 8:03 am - Reply

      Thank you Stephanie for your comments! You are correct that it is SO important to connect with like-minded people. I will always be grateful for our connection. It’s fantastic to be able to inspire one another!!

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