• Agree with each other,
  • Complement each other,
  • Get along well,
  • Understand each other,

A Collaborator

Success comes easier when other people are on board, helping you. That’s why keeping one or more natural, compatible collaborators around you can produce a major uptick in your efforts and your results. Collaborators not only want you to succeed, they’re willing to work hard on your behalf, to take direction from you as necessary, and to provide the support you request for your projects and goals.

  • Offering helpful opinions and reactions to your ideas,
  • Suggesting or fine-tuning your goals and plans,
  • Boosting your motivation when it’s low.

A Mentor

Everyone can benefit from a relationship with a person who is more knowledgeable, more successful, better connected, more experienced, more skillful, more assertive, or otherwise ahead of you in the game of life. When this person also sincerely wants to help you improve, they are the right person to ask to become your mentor (which is a separate and different role from that of a sponsor, discussed below).

A Problem Solver

Sure, you can solve your own problems. But it’s very helpful to be able to call on others who can contribute to this important element of productivity and success.

A Resource Magnet

Pretty much every goal and plan you will ever establish will require resources you won’t already have, such as: supplementary information, special materials, additional skills, and new connections. That’s why it’s helpful to know a person with a knack for locating and obtaining these items and more.

A Sounding Board

There’s great value in keeping close with a person who can honestly and intelligently react to your goals and plans. If you want to make certain you don’t drift off track and ignore potential problems, it’s important to keep at least one person around you not only to offer honest criticisms when you deserve them, but also to serve as a “reality mirror” to all your decisions, reactions, plans, goals, and opinions.

A Sponsor

Separate and different from a mentor, a sponsor is someone who will help you climb the ladder of career success. In some cases, a sponsor might be your boss who — as s/he moves up in the world of work — brings you along. In other situations, a sponsor can be someone who simply sees a spark of competence in you and wants to help it burn more brightly.



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Robert Moskowitz

Robert Moskowitz


Robert Moskowitz is a successful, award-winning writer and consultant, and the author of “How to Organize Your Work and Your Life.”