It’s contagious! So many things are contagious in life. In this instance, I’m referring to attitude and disposition. I read a quote last night which has really stuck with me. “You become the average of the five people you hang out with most.” ~Jim Rohn
As I took time to ponder this, I found much truth in the thought. It’s true. As you walk through life, make a mental note of your attitude. It, many times, mirrors those you do life with. In a personal context, if you have friends who are always angry, who hate just about everything about life, and who are pessimistic by nature, the more you hang around them, the more bitter, and ultimately like them you will become.
In the business arena, it’s true too. If you surround yourself with broke people who can’t or have no desire to hold down a job, or who constantly complain about their job or business, I bet you will soon find yourself in a similar situation or with a very similar train of thought. You’ll never make enough money, or be truly happy. However, if you surround yourself with self-starters, people who are not afraid to go out on a limb or step out in faith, you’ll find yourself a new picture of success.
Either way – positive or negative is contagious.
It’s said that you should surround yourself with people you want to end up most like. If you want a successful business, surround yourself with successful entrepreneurs, or those happy in their jobs. If you’re content with the status quo, or with the mentality of never really having enough – let your relationships be with people with little to no drive, and with an overall poor attitude towards or about the world. Conversely, when you surround yourself with positive people, your outlook on life will inevitably be much more positive.