No this article isn’t about dogs. As much as I love them, we’re talking about something more important, the people you associate with. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying before which implies you’re spending time with successful and powerful people.
Jim Rohn, successful author and business philosopher, talks about the Power of Associations. It states that you will become the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.
The idea is to surround yourself with successful people in areas you want to be successful in. Success breeds success..
Have you ever noticed that runners tend to hang out with other runners? Positive people rarely hang out with negative people? You wouldn’t see a morbidly obese person hanging out with tri-athletes. We hang out with people that are like us.
What areas of your life do you want to be more successful in? Do you want to finally shed those last 20lbs, start making six figures, have a happier marriage, be a better parent or meet more single women? Who do you know that is having success in those areas?
The idea is that as you spend more time with those people, you have conversations. Crazy, I know! Those conversations usually include talking about perspective on life, sharing attitudes and opinions that are constantly reinforced. You learn from those people and adapt your behaviors to be more like each other.
These associations can help bring you up or down. If they are having successes, they tend to influence others in their circle to want more success. Contrastly, if someone is going into a downward spiral, they will bring you down. If that happens in your inner circle, throw them a life preserver but don’t drown with them. You’re only as strong as your weakest link. Occasionally, you may have to leave old friends behind.
As you identify what you want and who can help you. Start spending more time with them. Make sure you bring something to the table. If you do, they will introduce you to more successful people that can help you on your journey.
Life is too short to not get what you want. Don’t be held back by your associations.