During my MBA programme, I got to read this fun and interesting article about what kind of people to rather avoid when starting a business.
When you decide to start a business, supportive people around can make the whole experience much easier. One shall mainly look for individuals who can help, encourage and motivate to do better. People, that contribute to spot flaws in a plan, provide a touchstone of sanity and inspire to do great things.
Sometimes, however, there may be people close to you that are masquerading as a positive influence but are simply not right for you. You'll probably have a niggling inclination about who those people are, but here are some ways to spot the bad eggs in your basket.
The constant pessimist or devil's advocate
Although you need people who can spot flaws in your plan or people that challenge your ideas, you don't need doom and gloom merchants. If you feel like they are just projecting their failures onto you or always coming up with problems rather than solutions, stop listening to them.
Equally you don't need people who suck up to you and only give you praise. Everyone makes mistakes and that's how we learn to be great. If they can't see your mistakes for what they are you can never rely on them for an honest opinion.
The connection addict
For some people, connections are more about quantity than quality. The relationship addict wants to connect for the wrong reasons. They may be a drain on you but will never amount to a meaningful connection. Ditch them!
The gossip monger
Gossip can be a guilty pleasure when it's about other people, but a gossip monger will be gossiping about you too. That means ultimately that you can't trust this person with your innermost thoughts and ideas. You shouldn't have to be careful around people in your inner circle.
The needy one
Good professional relationships mean that you are there for each other when either of you needs help. If you are constantly having to maintain a relationship for fear of offending the other person or to reassuring them that you still care you are using more resources than you have available. Checking in is a good idea, but avoid the needy people.
People who are self-aware are good. Individuals who think everything revolves around them are wrong for you. You could end up expending a lot of energy on them and never get anything in return. They will be watching their own back, but never yours and may even take the opportunity to stab you in it to save their skin. Run for the hills!