A few years ago I started hearing things about how important it was to network. Statements like “connect with people” and “it’s not what you know but, who you know.” We’ve all heard that one before and I have to say that it seems to reign true. More recently I hear this quote thrown around quite a bit.
You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. –Jim Rohn
Sure, I believe that to be true as well - when you spend an exorbitant amount of time with them. It is important to put yourself around people you aspire to be. Not people that bring you down, are negative or have a sour outlook on life.
I sometimes fit into that category and have to remind myself of how good I have it and how fortunate I am. I mention this because this last week I got together with some great old friends that I haven’t seen in a while. Not because I’ve chosen not to hang out with them as frequently but because it’s just hard for all of us to find the time.
I’ve been very lucky to not have to worry about finding a ‘higher quality’ five people to spend my time with. Every single person I grew up and still associate with seem to have their shit together in one way or another. They know what they want out of life and are doing what needs to be done to achieve it.
I have many different circles of friends. There is no way I could ever choose just five. That’s not what Jim is talking about with his quote. The idea is to find some people in your life that are better than you at one, some, or many things and take advantage of their experience and personal views that they have to help you become a better person.
Having a couple drinks with my friends the other night reminded me how unique and special everyone in my life is. I’m writing this today to challenge you to connect or re-connect with someone or some people from your life that will help you become a better you.
You may not be as fortunate as I am but I know you have a handful of people around you that are better than you at something. It’s time to start putting yourself in a position to be a better version of yourself. Find people that are already doing what you want to do and living how you want to live. You don’t need to see them every day, but watching them and learning from them will help get you to where you want (deserve) to be.
No one ever got anywhere by waiting to be challenged. Stop waiting to be inspired and go make yourself uncomfortable. Do a little growing for a change instead of wasting away on social media.
Then come back here and tell me how it goes. I'm sure you won't regret it.