Most of us are taught to play nice with everyone – and to even be friends with people we are not particularly keen on. But is this always a good thing? Self-help guru and motivational maverick Jim Rohn said, ‘You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. If you hang out with dynamic people who have positive attitudes and a love and lust for life, guess what? It rubs off!’
Get Your Good Vibes Going
Yes, we can’t choose our family and it’s not always easy to get rid of pesky friends with bad attitudes (especially since you love them regardless!), but if you think about it – family and friends are not really ones we spend the most time with. In reality, we spend more time with the people we work with, so if you are lucky enough to be in a position to choose them, make that decision wisely.
Try this exercise:
- Write down the five people with whom you spend the most time with
- Give each one a number from 1 to 10 (with 10 being the most positive)
- Calculate your average
Now think how each one of these people affects your average. They don’t have to be the Dalai Lama or Oprah – but they should make you better.
Shape Your Life by Choosing Who You Spend Time With
When you decide who you spend time with, you literally shape your future – so choose carefully. Before hiring a new person, ask yourself these questions:
- What kind of person do you want to be?
- Does the prospective employee match the kind of person you want to be?
Next time your company has to hire an employee, consider how this will affect your company culture – and even you on a personal level. Let us help you make a wise decision. Contact us today.
PS: Remember ‘the five’ includes yourself. Make some time to spend quality time with YOU – and make sure you are positive and proactive during this time.