I came across this quote by Jim Rohn and it was too good not to share:

“You must constantly ask yourself these questions: Who am I around? What are they doing to me? What have they got me reading? What have they got me saying? Where do they have me going? What do they have me thinking? And most important, what do they have me becoming? Then ask yourself the big question: Is that okay?”

I’ve been to a lot of presentations on personal development and self improvement, and many people say (rightfully so) that, for most people, you’re the average of the five people closest to you. Stop and think about that for a second – who are you closest to? What effect (positive or negative) are they having on your life? Are they pulling you up or pushing you down?

Yes, you hear stories about people coming from nothing, making it big and overcoming all odds. But, in reality, these stories are few and far between. They are the exception and not the rule. The success most people have is directly proportional to the people with whom they choose to surround themselves.

This has been a personal goal of mine in 2012. I used to be intimidated by people who were more educated than me, had more money than me, or were better spoken and overall more successful than me. No more! I have decided that I’m going to spend as much time with positive and successful people as possible. I’m doing this because I believe it is human nature to want to fit into your environment…to not upset the pack. And by surrounding myself with people who pull me up I know I am making myself better.

I’d strongly encourage you to do the same. If someone has something you want, spend as much time with them as possible. Learn from them, let it fuel your motivation and take action. Always  take action. If you do this you will achieve more and accomplish more than you’ve ever thought possible.

Looking forward to meeting you at better.