Find your Rabbit: Always be in Pursuit
Motivational speaker and entrepreneur Jim Rohn once said, “you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” This quote has powerful implications for long-term success. Surrounding yourself with the right people can help propel you forward while surrounding yourself with the wrong people can leave you stagnant and struggling. Arnold Schwarzenegger echoed this sentiment with his belief that “there is no such thing as a self-made man”; the people we encounter and choose to interact with have a tremendous impact on our choices, viewpoints and, ultimately, on our successes or failures.
For this reason it is critical that you find someone who is better than you are at whatever it is you are trying to do in life. Find someone more gifted, more talented, higher up on the proverbial food chain and analyze how they got to where they are. Having someone to constantly chase is a recipe for accomplishing your goals. If you are the most talented person in the room, you need to find a new room.
We cannot control the circumstances into which we are born, nor can we control the family we are a part of. What we can control is who we choose to interact with and learn from as we grow and mature. Our circumstances do not determine our future, our choices bear that responsibility. Science has shown that your environment has an actual impact on how your DNA is expressed, so choose a positive environment! If one individual has a group of friends who are lazy, negative and blame everyone else for their lot in life while another individual has friends who are driven, hard-working and positive, who do you think has a higher chance for success?
Whether you are an athlete attempting to be the best in your sport or the CEO of a start-up attempting to increase your revenues, you should always have someone in your circle who pushes you to be better on a daily basis. Find a training partner who is faster, stronger, more disciplined. Find a mentor who has built a successful business and has a knack for understanding the market. These are the people who will help you succeed and help provide context for where you are in relation to where you ultimately want to be.
Being a big fish in a small pond leaves little room for growth, expansion and fulfillment. It can be intimidating to willingly compete with someone who, at present, is better than you. It is a challenge that requires you to step outside your comfort zone and face the very real and uncomfortable notion that you have shortcomings currently limiting your ability to succeed. Keep in mind that the mentors you pursue were once in a similar situation: had they not chosen to chase their own rabbit then they would not have realized their own accomplishments!
Keep chasing. Keep climbing. Always be in pursuit.
Until next time.