Look, if I took your 5 best friends and looked at their health, their finances, and their marriage condition, I guarantee at least two of those would match your life condition. Probably your health, probably your financial condition, and probably the condition of your marriage.
You don’t need buddies around you, you need winners.
This is because people become who they are based upon who they hang out with. You walk into a bar and you see four or five bikers dressed alike, bandanas on, tattoos on their arms, drinking the same kind of beer. They probably make roughly the same income as well. They are friends because of common interest—buddies.
You walk into a senior level networking conference and you’ll see a bunch of people dressed alike, wearing impressive suits, hair clean-cut and maintained, drinking whatever they prefer. They probably make roughly the same income as well. They are there because of common interest—winning.
Which group do you want to be a part of?
When you think about improving yourself and having big, juicy new goals in life you don’t surround yourself with what’s comfortable or horizontal—you go vertical, you reach up. Black belts don’t learn from white belts. You must interact with people who are better than you at what you want to get better at. Their experience, wisdom and advice can improve yours. Seek relationships with those above you. Those in a place where you want to climb to.
One way to better yourself is to get in a group of winners that meet at least once a week—people that want to expand and become great, reaching up to their full potential. You need some way to connect with winners in life, the people that know more, have done more, have more, are creating more, and are dreaming more than you are. These people can teach you and be fuel for you to get to the next level.
Surrounding yourself with the right people is better than surrounding yourself with “buddies”. You don’t want to keep the same friends you’ve had your whole life. I had a friend tell me, “Me and Gus here, we’ve been buddies since we were 3-years old.” Dude, you’re complaining, right? You understand this is a problem—having childhood friends. Surround yourself with a mastermind group and hope that you outgrow them as quick as possible so you can go get another group of players.
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If the winners around you become buddies, you need to shift gears and reach higher.
Be great, and surround yourself with winners.