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Daily Leadership Thought #146 – Your Inner Circle

I’ve heard it said, “A person’s IQ is the collective average of the 10 people he/she spends the most time with”.  This makes complete sense to me.  However, I would add the idea of emotional intelligence to the concept as well.  Who are you spending the majority of your time with?  Do they challenge you to think differently and/or push you to grow?  Do they see the world as full of possibility or littered with obstacles?  Do they inspire you to excel or hinder your development?

Most of us waste valuable time in life on the wrong people.  We spend significant effort and energy on others who do little to enhance our own lives.  In fact, we often spend too much time with individuals who have a negative impact on us – which is quite sad.  Of course, one could argue that family can be the exception to this rule, since besides a spouse we don’t actually choose them.  However, I would also push you to reconsider the importance and necessity of familial obligation when the costs tend to always exceed the benefits resulting in a pattern of adverse consequences.  If you have family members who have a negative impact on you, limit the time you spend with them as well.

Think of what life would be like, if you spent most of your time with friends/colleagues who are a positive influence.  How much more fun, easier and full of opportunity would your life be?  What do you think you could accomplish under such circumstances?  Take stock of the people you are spending the most time with personally and professionally and make a conscious choice to maximize the time spent with the brightest, happiest, most capable and successful people you know.  Avoid the negative influences like the plague.  Misery may love company but so does joyfulness – it’s your choice.

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