4 Lessons to Learn From Jim Rohn’s quote, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

In the early periods of my career, I hired a sales coach, and one of the best pieces of advice he ever gave me was the importance of  building relationships over time. This quote from Jim Rohn sums up that in business and in life, you are the average of the people you hang out with the most.

Listed below are 4 lessons you can learn from Jim Rohn’s quote:

1. Keep Your Critics Around. It’s easy to assume that the best strategy would be to make sure the five people you spend the most time with are your five biggest cheerleaders. However, that’s not necessarily the case. You need to have a devil’s advocate around–someone who makes you think twice about your methods or look for new solutions.

2. You Can Control the Amount of Time You Spend with People. There is a good chance that you spend most of your time with your family. And while you may not want to cut off any family members completely, you can take a step back to recognize if there is anyone who tends to bring you down or has some kind of negative influence on you.

3. You Can’t Surround Yourself with Negative People and Expect to Have a Positive Life.You may have life-long friends who were really fun to hang out with at one time in your life, but who have failed to grow or change at all since you were kids. As you get older and your goals and routines change, so will the people in your life. You can’t let your social environment solely depend on how it has always been in the past. Just because you’ve known someone since the first grade doesn’t mean they still need to be your best friend. When you’re surrounded by others whom you respect, you are sure to live a positive life. 
4. Be One of the Five People to Someone Else. As you grow throughout your life and career and come into contact with people whose shoes you were once in, aim to be one of the five people that they want to spend their time with.
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