Unconventional ways to have a supportive network

‘If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.’  Isaac Newton

When creating legacy, you have to be resourceful in building a supportive network  that will help you complete your legacy projects. Not all members of your supportive network need to know that they are helping you out. In fact, many of them may have never even heard of you, or may even be long gone. Here are three unconventional yet effective ways of proceeding:

1. Turn your rivals into mentors. Make your rivals be part of your supportive network, not just people who mean you well.

2. Use others’ success as pace-setters. Use the success of people you have never met but can read about as a standard by which to measure your own progress.

3. Role models. Use role models to create the ‘your are not alone’ feeling that you need in order to get over the hard times. These role models don’t need to have heard of you, they just need to be really inspirational and have gone through difficult times themselves.

 As you can see, you can still have a supportive network around you even when it seems like you are on your own.

What are your thoughts?

Can you think of other unconventional ways to have a supportive network? Share your ideas with us in the comments section.

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Alexa Ispas

I am a social entrepreneur, blogger, and talent scout, interested in helping people who want to create legacy. I have recently completed my PhD thesis in social psychology at the University of Edinburgh, and am originally from Romania. I am writing a daily blog on creating legacy, which you can find at www.alexaispas.com