You will eventually become a product of the people who surround you; that’s something I learned the hard way.
Every one of us has a story and they all contain ups and downs; choices in which we take pride in and decisions we regret making. These could all be difficult memories with which we must live, but ultimately, it’s about the lessons we can glean from them.
We are all reflections of the people we keep in our lives and interact with on a daily basis. Their actions and behaviors all resonate and subconsciously influence our everyday choices.
Surround yourself with people who make you feel happy.
It’s so important to surround yourself with people who make you happy. People who make you laugh and who help you when you’re in need -- people who genuinely care. They are the ones who are worth keeping in your life; everyone else is just passing through.
Your environment shapes who you are and who you will become. You’re in total control of your life and the choices you make, so why not place yourself in a positive and engaging environment, one that suits your needs?
The best example is to look at the most successful figures in the world today. Why do you think the elite try to place themselves in environments full of like-minded individuals?
Believe it or not, even the most powerful and successful people out there have weakness that are no different from yours. Surrounding themselves with other individuals, who are on the same path or who have been through similar journeys, allows them to learn more about themselves.
That’s why you’re likely to see Warren Buffet and Jay Z sitting at the same table. Associating yourself with people who are on the journey to make changes in their lives and yours, rather than individuals who aren’t in any great position or aren’t making a difference, is essential for you to grow as a person.
Role models or notable figures that we aspire to become don’t always have to be well known. It could be your closest friend or someone you know -- someone who will help you and encourage you to become the person you want to be and who can guide you on your journey.
Our egos tend to deceive us; we often like to neglect our weaknesses and set them aside. Instead, accept them and use them as leverage to get where you want to be.
Interact with like-minded individuals.
If you want to become wealthy, surround yourself with people who share your goals or who have already achieved them. Want to start your own company?
Start networking with established entrepreneurs — people who share the same dreams, or people who have already done what you’re doing.
Let life weed out people in your life who you don’t want around. Don’t surround yourself with the toxicity and negativity of the individuals who don't add value to your life; the individuals who have no prosperous impact on you and only want you to stay around to fulfill their needs.
Surround yourself with the innovators, the thinkers and the listeners; the individuals who want to set a change and leave a footprint in their life and yours, the ones who are willing to help others before helping themselves. Listen to their stories — you’ll probably learn a thing or two.
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