Some words that transformed my life came from Jim Rohn:
“You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
If you’ve spent time with other humans, you’ve probably noticed that they tend to ‘rub off.’
Maybe it’s a facial expression or how they speak. We think it’s funny or cool, so we try it out later for ourselves. It gets a good response and it sticks.
This is why groups of close friends usually share similar opinions and mannerisms. It’s one of the things that makes a tribe a tribe.
But this ‘Law of Averages’ goes deeper.
If you average out the salary of those same five people, you’ll find that it’s almost exactly your salary. It’s terrifyingly close.
We like to think we’re unique, individual, autonomous creatures, but we’re enslaved to our environment and chained to the people around us.
Surround yourself with people you want to be like. Seek out people who push you to be better and listen to people who challenge your mindsets.
And be very careful who you cuddle.