The Company You Keep

Are you familiar with the phrase, 'you are what you eat'? I'm sure everyone has heard that said at least once. Probably by your parents when you're diving into the potato chip bag. The general meaning of the phrase is, if you eat healthy foods you will be healthy but if you insist on constantly eating 'junk' food then you will not be as healthy.

The same idea applies to the company you keep. Really. If you are constantly in the company of people with little or no ambition to improve themselves then you will struggle to find the motivation to improve yourself. On the other hand (this is the one you should be paying attention to!) if you surround yourself with successful people and people who are constantly working to improve themselves then you will be more inclined to better yourself. What do you think of that theory?

You learn from other people in both a conscious and unconscious manner. Sort of like osmosis. Information will begin to be absorbed by your subconscious. The brain then filters that information through into your everyday activities. So wouldn't you like to be surrounded by positive, productive information rather than the negative 'I can't do it!' type?

As a teenager you don't have a whole lot of control over who you associate with. You go to school and are in a classroom situation where you are in close contact with teachers, aides, parents and other students. But you can still take some control.

It doesn't take long to figure out which kids in the class are the slackers and which are the workers. The workers are the kids you want in your social group. They take their education seriously and they are the kids that will go on to make something of themselves in the future. These are the kids with the million dollar attitude even if they don't realize it yet.

Don't just limit yourself to school. Find successful, ambitious adults and work your way into their circles. For example, if you are looking for a summer job look for employment with a successful entrepreneur and try to place yourself close to your boss. Ask questions and learn. Remember, your boss didn't become a boss by sitting in the back of the classroom, learn from his/her example.

There is so much information surrounding us and most of it is free for the taking. Surround yourself with knowledgeable, ambitious people and start gleaning some of that information. Learn from the examples of others.

The company you keep could make all the difference.