Have you taken stock recently?
When I first started writing about this concept it was 2012 and it’s been one of my most prolific topics since.
I’d just gone to two ‘personal growth’ seminars in a row and realized that the people who had been at the big one early in the month, and come to this second one later in the month, were all trying to hang-out and get to know each other. It was curious to me, so when I sat down to try and figure out why, I realized it was because they wanted to hang out with like-minded individuals.
At this point in our society, I hope this isn’t a new concept to you! The people you surround yourself with DO impact where you end up in your life. Want to be broke? Hang out with broke people. Want to be wealthy? Hang out with wealthy people – a lot. Not once or twice, but every chance you get. Want to be smart, hang out with smart people. Want to be oblivious, hang out with…well, I hope you get it by now.
It’s not a new concept and I’m not exactly the first person to notice this concept. But I think I’m one of the first people who harps on it as much as I do.
I’ve seen it impact MY Life repeatedly. I went from being an employee to being a business owner, to being a published author with two best-sellers (that outsold the average for other self-published books more than 45x!), to be a TED Speaker, to being nominated for the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, because of who I have been hanging out with.
It’s not a joke. But what is a joke is how seriously some people take this concept.
I sit down every month and review who got the lion-share of my time in the past month and if I’m happy about that. If I walk away from those conversations feeling energized, or drained. And the ones who are draining me, start getting less, and less, and less of my time so I can focus my time and energy on the people who lift me up.
Do you even do it that once a year?