This week I’m in Portland for Pioneer Nation. (If you haven’t heard of it and you’re a solo business owner, you owe it to yourself to check it out.) I’m here because I’ve repeatedly heard that you become who you’re surrounded by. This affects pretty much everything: Your vocabulary, your habits, your outlook on life and yes, your income.

That’s why I’m taking active steps to widen my circle and surround myself with people who live by similar values and have ambitious goals. They want to change their lives and the rest of the world.

Last July I came to Portland for World Domination Summit. I told my husband I needed to “find my people”. I definitely found them.

Surrounded by so much inspiration and people who were just completely going for it, I made a promise to myself. I vowed that I’d no longer work for someone else. By July 2014 I would run my own business.

Here I am at Pioneer Nation, introducing myself as a business owner.

Just typing that sentence makes me tear up. On the eve of the kickoff event, I’m finding myself completely overwhelmed with emotions. Part of me feels like I can’t believe I’m here. Another part feels like I’ve been here all along in some way.

Yes, I’m here to learn about how to run a successful, profitable business, but mostly I’m here to be with my people. I think I only know one person (hi, Emily!) out of the 300 attendees.

But as my grandma always said, a stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet.

So this week, I’ll be building my business and making some new friends. I guess you could say I’ll be “pioneering”. :)

As usual, I will now turn it over to you.

Who do you spend the most time with? What impact do you think this has on you and your business?

Please let me know in the comments below.

To our success, Audra

P.S. The song for this week is most definitely “Happy” by Pharrell.

Photo Credit: Death to the Stock Photo