Relationship is a key driver in the pursuit of success and sometimes, success happen by drawing inspiration from others. If you want to be successful in life, you’ll have to hangout with people who share your kind of passion for success.
People who have succeeded in the area you want to succeed in. People who are focused, driven and heading somewhere meaningful. I guess you’re familiar with the saying, ‘Birds of a feather, flock together!’
Recently, my wife and I made a stunning observation of how the type of friends you keep can influence your lifestyle. We observed a number of couples across different geographies and how their lifestyles varied proportionally to their network, association or peer group.
Couples who hang out with friends who live very large; in jumbo-size apartments, drive in very big cars, go on very expensive holidays and do businesses abroad were all inclined to emulate the same lifestyle and more often than not do exactly the same as their peer group. They raise their kids in a particular way, shop particular brands and socialise in particular places.
While on the other side of the divide, those couples who mingle with conservative peers – living budget-size lives reflect exactly what is prevalent in their association.
One is too small a number to achieve greatness, you cannot do anything of real value alone. – John C Maxwell
After this simple logical exercise, here’s what we deduced:
You’re a true reflection of the company you keep, the friends you make and the people you associate with. The person you marry, the neighbourhood you live in, the school you go to, the classes you attend and the organisation you work for all have a way of rubbing-off on you and your pursuit of success in life, whether positively or negatively.