Birds of a feather, flock together. This statement has a resonating principle that if applied correctly can change your life. In your personal experiences, you can find examples of this, from the most successful to the down and out.
It means more than hanging out with people that have the same interests. Jim Rohn once said, “You are the average of the five people you surround yourself with.” Just like the President has a panel of cabinet members that advise him, so should we.
I’m not saying to isolate yourself from your family or neglect the friends you currently have. My point is that you should examine who are you and where you want to be and align yourself with people who have similar goals. Iron sharpens iron, and if you’re not being challenged, you’ll soon find out that you may have a dull blade.
Don’t get me wrong you should always strive to be the smartest person in the room, but surrounding yourself with more intelligent people will help you grow. You should have friends that force you to level and fly higher.
The foundation you build today will shape your future for better or for worse. You may not notice it a first, but you’ll pick up some habits and the mentality of the people around you.
From your mindset to chewing your nails, these influences rub off. Judging by your friend’s, people can have an idea of the individual you are. Some of the greatest minds and highest achievers have always had great people surrounding them.
From Steve Jobs and Paul Allen to Warren Buffet and Charlie Munger, keeping good people around you will help you reach new levels of success. Your network determines your net worth, be careful of the company you keep and the friends you make. You’re only as strong as your weakest link.
What people are in your inner circle and why? Let us know how you choose your friends and what drives you to grow as a team; we would love to hear from you.