One of the most important decisions we make in life is who we choose to be around. In fact, there is an old proverb that reads, “Show me your friends and I’ll tell you who you are.” Quite often we become like the people we’re around. Based on that, we must be cautious about whom we surround ourselves with because of the short- and long-term implications.
If you hang around people who don’t like their jobs, you’ll become like them. If you hang around people who don’t care about growing in the company, you won’t grow in the company.
To get you started, here are some lessons from Mr Mia to help you surround yourself with the right people:
Choose your tribe…
We lean on our friends a lot. We share our successes and challenges with them. It’s important these people be the ones who support and encourage us. We must find a support system of friends who will support and challenge us.
Do an analysis of your circle of friends and see whether they add to your life or take away from it. Surround yourself with people who will help you reach your goals. If you want to be financially successful, surround yourself with those who are financially successful.
Drown out the negativity…
We live in a world that surrounds us with negativity. We get it regularly from media outlets because it sells. There is no shortage of it from the people around you every day. There are unfortunately people in our lives who drain us of our energy because they thrive on sharing their own negativity. Refuse it. Don’t just walk away from the negativity–run. Get as far away from it as you can. Not only does it impact our perspective with regard to our own lives, it impacts our mental health.
While your success can be determined in part by whom you surround yourself with, it can also be determined in part by whom you choose to not surround yourself with.
Give important relationships your all…
Our lives are so busy that sometimes we have to dedicate the time to interact with the people who mean the most to us. Sometimes we have to make hard choices about what to eliminate in order to dedicate time to the relationships. These relationships in your professional and personal life are as important to your job satisfaction as the work itself. Do everything in your power to surround yourself with the right people.