7 Types Of People You Need To Help You Succeed In Life

7 Types Of People You Need To Help You Succeed In Life

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7 Types Of People You Need To Help You Succeed In Life
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Success needs the support of others. There are things you can do alone and this could take you to where you want to be fast. But there are things you need to do with others, that will take you on the further road to success.

The problem is in your ability to distinguish between those people you really need to help you to further your desires and those who cannot.

Here are 7 types of people who will certainly help you succeed in life:

1. The kindhearted friend

This type of person is willing to offer you anything from kind words, to their network list to even some financial aid for you to go ahead and pursue your dreams. The kindhearted friend is generous and desires to see you progress. If they notice your potential, they feel they owe it to you to give you what you need to be successful.


2. The die-hard optimist

When you are overwhelmed with challenges and obstacles, you need this kind of person to help you see the positive angle from where you are standing. A positive view is one that takes you in the right direction and helps you focus on results rather than your limitations. The die-hard optimist may be a dreamer or a philosopher but they definitely want to know that everything will work out for your own good after all.


3. The mentor

Everyone knows the value of a mentor in becoming successful. The mentor is who has the experience and has sailed through the journey of success. They certainly have made mistakes and have lessons from them which they can impart you with. They are concerned about your growth and are willing to provide advice, guidance and perspective as you go through your journey.

“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.” – Steven Spielberg

4. The devil’s advocate

As much as you need someone who is willing to dream with you and make such dreams seem effortless, you also need the devil’s advocate. The devil’s advocate is one who looks at a goal logically and critically and identifies any weakness in it. Yes this may not be a pleasurable role for anyone, as they say the truth is always hurting. However you need such person around you since they will help you identify the thorns in the rose.


5. The inspirational figure

What separates this role from that of the mentor is that the inspirational figure could be more of the role model rather than one who simply guides you through the hurdles of success. The inspirational figure can be more distant from you, but they’re solid in deeds and character. Yet they will serve as the ideal model for you to follow.

“I think a role model is a mentor – someone you see on a daily basis, and you learn from them.” – Denzel Washington

6. The loyalist

The loyalist sees you for your strengths and is a full time supporter of your cause. They want you to succeed and to them you can do no wrong on this journey to reach your goals. They have your back at any hour and would go to great lengths to help you succeed. They may not be consistent in your life but when you need them they would always come to the party. The thing about the loyalist is that they are there for you all the way, and they rarely retreat, even in the face of ridicule. They believe in you and your dreams and will always be a loyal companion.


7. The sidekick

This is more like a companion, a buddy, a full time supporter of your cause. They are there for you, not simply because they are loyal, but because they have skills that you can also tap from. They are astute and make opportunities happen. The thing about the sidekick is that they are effective because they know you like no other person does and have always been present in your life.

Do you have these 7 types of people in your inner circle? Please leave you thoughts in the comment section below!
Casey Imafidon is the Managing Partner of Venus Media Ltd and has written success advice for several online publications from Lifehack.org, under30ceo, pakwired.com and many more. He has also developed written content for top brands like Flightnetwork, Iwrite, Archetypes and many more. To succeed requires just more than talent, but grit, the right attitude and desire. Never miss a post! Visit his website  or follow him on Twitter.


  1. Thank you for your great article. Absolutely true. Everyone needs support and help from others to tap into their greatest potential.

  2. Good points Casey. The devil’s advocate is the best, in my opinion. Truth hurts but from my own experience it helped me to correct my mistakes and become better. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  3. Cool list. Relationships are critical to success! That means having the right people around you (coaches, mentors, accountability partners) as well as limiting time with negative people. I talk about this extensively in my book and have a list of 4 Must-Have relationships for success.

  4. Great article, Casey! Thanks for breaking down the 7 types of people that we should have on our dream team. Many people believed that working hard alone would guarantee success. In this new millennium, studies have shown that the best way to accelerate your success is to surround yourself with a team of people who believe in your dreams just as much as you do. I look forward to seeing more articles from you.

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