There’s this popular saying that goes thus, “show me your friend and I will tell you who you are”. This statement is 100% true… You know why??? Chicken does not fly with eagles even though they are of the same family, their dream and desires aren’t the same.
I have come to discover that many people who are trying to climb the ladder of success often have friends who are doing the same. I am in no way saying that we must pursue our friendships based upon achievement of goals. What I am saying is that you need some friends in you inner circle who have gone through the process of building a successful business or career in an area in which you aspire to achieve success.
Years ago Bill Gates was asked, “what is one of your main formulas for success?” Without blinking an eye he said “hiring smart people as well as surrounding yourself with smart people.” His best friend is Warren Buffet, who just recently decided to leave his 40+ billion dollar empire to the Bill Gates Foundation upon his death.
Discipline begins with the calibre of friends you mingle with. Your friends are indeed a reflection of who you are and what you seek to achieve in life. Like begets like. The kind of friends you keep has the power to either catapult you to your future or lead you to destruction.
- If you hang around five confident people, you will be the sixth.
- If you hang around five intelligent people, you will be the sixth.
- If you hang around five billionairs, you will be the sixth.
- If you hang around five idiots, you will be the sixth.
- If you hang around five broke people, you will be the sixth
Jim Rohn puts its better that, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”.
It is inevitable!
One of the easiest ways to achieve success/greatness in life is to associate with people who are aiming what you are aiming or those who have already achieved it (Role Model/Mentor). When you dwell in the company of great men, you begin to think and act like one because your potential is activated for greatness.
Interestingly, your friends are your closest information bank. What information does;it informs you and at the same time forms you.What kind of information bank are you keeping? Do you believe that good associations can impact career and life outcomes? How have your friends helped you in the pursuit of your goal?