Associate with people better than you.

Lisa Thal

The people you choose to spend time with Matter!

This a phrase my Mom would say to me growing up that I didn’t fully realize and appreciate until later in life. She would say. ” You become whom you hang around .”It was her way of saying to stay away from kids who get into trouble, don’t see a future for themselves, and may go down the wrong path. Your future can be shaped by those you spend time with.

She said you have a choice in whom you spend time with, including those you work with, your friends, and your family. And Yes, Mom Thal was right!

Someone else shares a similar view regarding your Business and Life, Warren Buffett!

Associate with people better than you
The people you choose to be around genuinely do matter for career progression. When you surround yourself with better and smarter individuals and learn from their success habits, you absorb their knowledge and become better yourself.

Do the opposite — spend time with procrastinators, complainers, and pessimists — and over time, you’ll become like them, severely limiting your success.

In Alice Schroeder’s book The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life, Buffett offers Three Tips for becoming a successful businessperson and human being.

I am all in when Warren Buffett gives advice.

Three types of people with whom you should spend more time with:

Mentorship can have a significant impact on someone’s career development. Who is in your inner circle of close connections that can advise you? As the famous saying goes, we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with. Make sure to associate with those who can potentially help you learn new things, grow, and advance your career.

Understand that there are many paths to success. Sometimes you need someone else to encourage you, hold you accountable, and bounce your ideas off. If you find identifying a good mentor challenging, hire a coach. I am a Life and Business Coach, and my goal is to help my clients realize their business and life goals.

Contrarians are entrepreneur-minded people who push against the status quo by doing, thinking, and behaving in unconventional ways — at the speed of innovation. They look to “break new things” and continuously try to tread a new or different path. When you hang around with these people and absorb their ideas and wisdom, you’ve opened the door to your own creative, entrepreneurial thinking.

I always believed we learn more from those that think differently than us. These people can broaden our views and give us a different perspective. Keep in mind that these can be people you have never met. Technology today allows us to learn from others. Podcasts I listen to expand my thinking. Audiobooks and what I read give me a different perspective.

People with emotional intelligence
Regarding leadership and owning a business, emotional intelligence (EQ) matters as much as, if not more than, IQ for work effectiveness. Surround yourself with people with EQ, which will rub off on you and sharpen your skills. As you observe and learn from people exhibiting good self-awareness and empathy, it’ll help raise your self-awareness and teach you the ability to recognize and manage your own emotions as well as recognize and influence the feelings of others.

So who are your three people?

Success leaves clues, and those you spend time with do Matter!

So choose those people wisely!

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