The first mentor I ever had in personal development was a guy named Charlie “Tremendous” Jones – a legend!
He has a great quote where he says, "You are the same today as you will be in five years except for two things: The people you meet and the books you read."
By this he means that your growth and success depend on who you hang out with and what you put in your head because these both help determine your character as a person. How true is that?
I would like to take that even one step further and have you understand this: We are a direct reflection of the five people we hang around the most right now. Our attitude, income, and lifestyle are the exact average of that group. Take a look around and see who you associate with the most and think about how each person affects your life.
Back in high school if you hung around the smoking section, who were you? A smoker. If you were around the jocks you were most likely a jock as well. The same thing applies to your life today.
“The secret of all success is to simply start associating and hanging out with the people that are getting the results you want.” – Greg Reid
This same concept also applies to something I did a few years ago. I decided and followed through with climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the Roof of Africa!
People would ask how in the world I could go from sea level in La Jolla, California to all the way up there. I told them it was simple because I applied the wisdom I am sharing to you right now in this article.
I got on the Internet and looked up the most successful Sherpa – the people that had climbed and summited three or four hundred times. They are the people I hired to help me and guess what happened!
Everywhere they put their boot, I put my boot print in the exact same spot. I knew that they were going to make it to the top, but if I veered off and tried my own road, they probably would be carrying me down in a body bag.
I was smart enough to learn from my mentors because we truly are a reflection of those we hang out and associate with. Bring me out to your next corporate event to speak by going HERE and I will make sure you and your teams learn and associate with the best in the world!
Surround yourself with leaders and you will be one too.
Greg Reid – Author, Keynote Speaker, Dad