You are the sum of the 5 people you spend the most time with. I imagine you have heard that before, or at least a derivative of this theory, whether it is 3 or 5 or 7. While you can argue the number, you can’t argue the concept. It is important to spend time with solid people. It is difficult to improve in an industry or business without following this simple rule. This can be especially difficult and daunting in a small town where you might not find a lot of people with the qualities that you are looking to spend time with.
Often times the hardest part of this is sucking up your ego and actually spending time with people that are more experienced, smarter or even just more gifted than you. It can be difficult to be in a room or sit around a table where people don’t want to hear what you have to say. This is healthy and this means that you are in fact growing and learning.
It is a simple concept that people tend to be afraid of, usually because the ego is in the way. If you can put your ego aside and meet with others that you respect and focus on listening rather than talking, you will absolutely find more success. Remember, if you hang out with millionaires, you will likely become a millionaire.
I’m going to be writing tips every week for people aspiring to improve. These are not industry related but they will generally have something to do with growing as a person or growing a business. My intention is to help others grow while growing myself. I will also have a book recommendation in each post and this weeks recommendation is “Ego is the Enemy” by Ryan Holiday.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss something, feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org