As entrepreneurs, we NEED to surround ourselves CAREFULLY with those who uplift us... not tear us down. (Our self-doubt can do that without any help from others) :)
This is often the joke amongst HR types who think they have their finger on the pulse of their organizations. Most often they are far from knowing what really is going on in the minds of their employees.
I've always held creative people in high regard. I'm in awe of their ability to create something fabulous from even the smallest spark of an idea. I attract creative types, always have. I love to ask them a million questions about "how they do it." They comply. I often wonder if it is because they know I respect their abilities or whether the universe is nudging me to join them. Either way I welcome their brilliance and within my SheConnex community, I like to refer to them as my SoulPreneurs.
Don’t meet new people, and relying totally on your current contacts. Continue to think the business leaders in your area know it all. Wait for your industry to tell you what’s on trend. Expect people to find you. Surround yourself with the same people you always have, even when you know intuitively that those relationships are not serving you anymore. Remind yourself that it’s hard to meet new friends and contacts who will inspire you.