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The Company You Keep

The Company You Keep

Curt Rosengren of U.S. News & World Report writes, “Want a quick prediction of your potential in life? Take a look at the people around you.” It sounds counterintuitive, to rely on other people to help you make change easier, but when you think about it, they help set the tone of your daily life. What kind of tone is it?

Think about how you feel after hanging out with each and every person that factors in to your life on a regular basis. What do you talk about? Are there people who leave you feeling down afterwards? Are there other people who make you feel like you can do anything?

Rosengren writes, “When you surround yourself with people who are positive and motivated, who believe in their potential, a funny thing happens. Even if nothing else in your life changes, it starts to rub off on you.” Having a positive outlook can be contagious and that’s one bug you won’t mind catching!

Do you find yourself more hopeful about your own future when you hang out with more motivated people?

Posted: 9/2/08
ToshiroMifune

This is very true. I say this having a lifetime of experience being the quiet kid in school that teachers would seat next to the noisy kid. We'd rub off on each other after a few weeks with them shutting up a little and me speaking up more often.

Later in life I experienced a similar effect with co-workers at different jobs. I didn't feel good while at jobs where everyone was negative and gossipy. When I moved on to jobs where everyone was generally upbeat and acted professional, I enjoyed my 9 to 5 more and didn't bring any negative stress or thinking home with me which resulted in fewer ruined evenings.

nicoleaudain

i find this to be true. recently i had discovered this on my own, & in doing so I'd begun to make my own chages. i've lost some associates and people i thought were friends but i've become even more motivated to enthusiastically improve all around for me and the people I care about.-nick