You may have heard the saying, “Surround yourself with the best people you can find.” It’s a quote from President Reagan in 1986, which is fairly intuitive until you dissect those words. Having founded and co-founded a few businesses, I find myself constantly challenging the idea of who the best are that I can surround myself with as our teams take on real business needs.
As I sit back and evaluate those individuals I have surrounded myself with in the past, the one constant with those who I consider “the best” is high character. It may seem like a no-brainer to insinuate that high character is important, but unfortunately many don’t seem to put as much weight on character as they do other measuring sticks. Give me a high character, hard-working teammate who is eager to learn and wants to create value all day long. You’d be surprised how few and far between these types of individuals are. When you find them, you fight for them.