You become like the five people you associate yourself with, so if you hang around tired people you become tired, if you hang around broke people you become broke, if you hang around ugly people you better watch who you hang around.
"Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and
wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?"
~(2 Cor. 6:14)
The Bible urges us not to form binding relationships with nonbelievers,
because this might weaken our commitment, integrity, or standards. It would
be a mismatch. This does not mean isolating ourselves from nonbelievers (1
Cor. 5:9, 10). Paul even tells Christians to stay with their nonbelieving
spouses (1 Cor. 7:12, 13). The Bible teaches that we are to be active in our
witness for Christ to nonbelievers, but we should not lock ourselves into
personal or business relationships that could cause us to compromise the
faith. We should do everything in our power to avoid situations that could
force us to divide our loyalties.
One of the secrets to becoming successful is to surround yourself with the
right people. When I was the ceo of a business that generated 12 million
dollars per year in revenue, I made sure to surround myself with a team made
up of people that I felt were better managers than me or had the potential
to be a better manager than me.
I can thank my grandfather for his counsel that he gave me early on in life.
He said, "If you hang around dumb people - you tend to do dumb things, and
people will look at you as dummies. But if you hang around smart people -
you tend to do act smarter, and people will treat you as such. So hang
around smart people!"
I was just a kid when I learned that lesson, and that piece of advice has
helped me succeed in every area of my life.
Surround yourself with great men and women of faith. Seek godly counsel
from seasoned disciplers. Do your friends build up your faith, or do they
tear it down? Do you associate with critical, negative,
never-going-anywhere-never-doing-anything people? True friends should help,
not hinder, you to draw closer to God. Good leadership is simply good
coaching. Really good coaches inspire greatness in others.
~ Doug Morrell
If you want to be financially independent by age 65, even by age 30, you must do those things that will get you to that point. You must associate with those people who are either already there or are heading in that direction.
Even if you don't know anybody already there, it doesn't matter. Once you make up you mind to get there, those people will appear; you will meet them. If you start walking in their direction, you will meet them. At first you may meet them only through the books they wrote. Read the books if you want to get where they are.
Each group helps its own people. A den of thieves help each other into greater acts of villainy. A group of free people help each other into greater freedom. Associate with those people with whom you want to be like.
If you are looking for a spouse, a wonderful, responsible, mature and kind spouse, then you must hang around with people like that. If you hang around a bunch of irresponsible, immature, dependent people, how will you find the person you want among them? Furthermore you must become like the person you want to marry. What wonderful, responsible, mature and kind person would want to marry a jerk? You must become like the person you want, and you must associate with people like that.
Association is key to becoming the person you want to be.
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