From listening to a number of excellent Podcasts this past year, one – The Tim Ferriss Show; http://fourhourworkweek.com/podcast/, a few of his lessons stuck with me in particular.
My biggest take away (in my own words) – “You are basically the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with”. In other words, those you spend the most time with, influence you the most. Choose wisely.
To flesh it out even more: Meaning My biggest takeaways/interpretations.
If there are certain goals you want to achieve in life and you are not quite there in some areas but doing great in other areas, take a look at the people you surround yourself with.
5 points to consider:
1- Are the people you spend the most time with in healthy relationships? IE – a good marriage/partnership, surrounded by friends that bring out the best in them.
2- Are the people you surround yourself with successful? This could be interpreted in a number of ways, so here are a few examples: Do the people you surround yourself with have financial security to a level they are good with? Are they living a lifestyle they find satisfaction and fulfillment in? Are they in a career they love or at least working on projects that they are really passionate about?
3- Do the people you surround yourself with work on themselves? IE – physical conditioning, spiritual and mental well-being, intellectual curiosity.
4 – Are the the people you surround yourself with, kind? IE -How forgiving are they of themselves? How forgiving are they of others? Do they look for the best in themselves and others?
5- Do you see yourself in the people you surround yourself with? Do you want to see yourself in them? Do you like what you see?
This is something (meaning the people I surround myself with) I’m going to pay very close attention to and be very pro-active with in 2017, I invite you to do the same.