“You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” -Jim Rohn
I think about this quote often. I think about how true it has been for me in my life.
In high school, I had a group of friends that I was fortunate to have in my life. It was like I had 6 or seven more brothers to rely upon. They truly had a positive influence over me.
There was a point near then end of my junior year when I was set on not going to college. I kept making excuses for myself because the process of getting in — the applying, the essay writing, the financial burden — were all so overwhelming to me that I just wanted to avoid the whole thing.
So here were my friends all going through the same process I would need to go through to get into college. They all seemed to have a plan and were excited about this next stage in life. I will never forget being over at one of my friends house one summer afternoon. He had a pool and we were hanging out and shooting basketball into one of those poolside basketball hoops that I would one day completely destroy trying to be Shaq during a dunk.
My friend’s mom came out of the back door of the house and called for him to come in to take a phone call. “It’s OSU; they want to talk to you!”
Wait? Colleges call people to convince them into going to their school?
A few minutes later, my friend jumped back into the pool with a big smile on his face. “Ohio State wanted to make sure I was going to apply. I told them ‘Of course!’”
I faked my enthusiasm because I was crushed. I knew that with my attitude wasn’t going to get me into college, which deep down is what I truly wanted to do next in my life. I wanted to be sought after. I had dreams and aspirations too and I needed to do something about it.
It was that moment and all of the other positive effects of my other friends going through the process of getting into college that created a huge turning point in my life – One that I am thankful for each day.
I was fortunate then to have people around me who pushed me and made my “average” better. I continue to put this philosophy into practice today. I learn from amazing people everyday and I am fortunate to be able to do so. Each day I am pushed to grow better as a person because of who I surround myself with…And there are way more than 5 people who have this effect on me!
So, I ask you — Who are you surrounded by? Are they pushing you to grow? Are they inspiring you to get out of your comfort zone? Are they helping you to improve your average?
Keep growing and have a GREAT week!
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