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You are the average of the five people you spend most of the time with
- Jim Rohn, American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker.

Humans are social beings. As such, we interact with each other, exchange information, learn to obey social norms and we acquire certain models of thinking and behaving from each other. In everyday life we are attracted by people who are like ourselves - in their company we feel safe, comfortable and understood. Sometimes, without realizing it, we become surrounded by people who may have bad influence on us. Whining people, inert and unsuccessful individuals with no goals and plans for the future, those who live in the past or those who indulge in superficial pleasures may be our good and well-meaning friends but on the subconscious level, they may influence our thinking and behaviour in a negative way.

We may not always want to admit it, but the people we spend most of the time with are the mirror-images of ourselves.  

During life we gain certain knowledge, develop new aspirations, reach insights into who we really are and who we want to become and we realize that the time has come to move forward. Suddenly we discover that we have outgrown those around us and that we need to surround ourselves with smarter, more positive, open minded, successful and creative people.

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If we are able to recognize qualities that we admire in other people, that means that we already have the very same potential, we just did not let it shine. By surrounding ourselves with good qualities in other people, we provide a fertile soil for the very same qualities to grow inside us. (Just like our negative qualities may get out of the control if we are surrounded with negative people.)

There are amazing people to look up to everywhere. There are smart, strong, courageous, wise individuals among the people we already know. There are fascinating people whom we can follow online, but we can also become inspired by lives of extraordinary people who lived in the past and learn from their life stories and their work.


Creative thinking exercise:

Think of five people you openly admire and write down next to the name of each person why you admire them for.

Think of five people you secretly admire and write down next to the name of each person why you admire them for. Be 100% honest!

Think what you can do to become a little more like them.

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