How The Company You Keep Can Predict Your Future

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January, 1970 Thursday

How The Company You Keep Can Predict Your Future

How The Company You Keep Can Predict Your Future

Here’s a proverb that has been thrown around for centuries past, “Tell me who your friends are and I’ll tell you who you are”. A lot can be said about a person by the company they keep. Who you choose to surround yourself with helps define which roads you take and which dreams you reach. Microsoft business tycoon and the second richest man on earth, Bill Gates, has repeatedly said that one of his formulas for success is hiring smart people and surrounding himself with smart people.

So much has been said about the secret of success, but one of the most important and often neglected is the simple truth that whoever you emulate determines what results you will achieve. If you want to be healthy and fit, surround yourself with people who value health and fitness. If you want to improve your finances, associate with those who know how to make money work for them. If you want to be an inspirational leader then you know who to hang out with. That’s it! Inspirational leaders.

We are a product of not only our environment but the company we choose to keep. It’s not even about the people you have to be around every day, but the people you choose to spend time with.

I came from a lunch out with one of my girlfriends a few days back, she just transferred to a bigger and better advertising company and couldn’t be happier about it. She said that even though there are days when her body is just craving to be swallowed by her pillows, the growth that she experiences personally and professionally is more than worth it. She said, “All my teammates are so good at what they do, I am motivated and determined to push myself to be as good as them”. And she couldn’t have said it any better. The company we keep sets an invisible bar as to how great we will be.

No two paths are the same but just as respect begets respect, success attracts success and what is success but being the person you want to be and achieving the things you set out to achieve. Reaching your own level of success is derived from the simple choices you make.

That’s right!

Your Choices. Not the choices of others around you.

Here are some great questions to get you thinking….

How does the company you keep impact on you and your results?

Is the answer what you aspire to be?

I trust your answers are good food for thought.

The choice to succeed in life is always within you and your desired destination is always within reach. All you have to do is take that next step forward with people who have a positive effect on you. I notice that many people who are climbing the ladder of success have friends who do the same.

Always remember that you are as good as the company you keep

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