Are The People Around You Dulling Your Drive?

Have you heard this one?

“You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

It’s a concept made famous by the legendary speaker and author, Jim Rohn.

Whether you subscribe to this philosophy or not, it’s hard to deny that the people you spend the most time with do have an impact on you.

I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul. William Ernest Henley Click To Tweet

They influence how you feel, what you believe, what you think about, and the decisions you make.

That’s why I was intrigued when one of our readers asked, “What do you do when the people you spend the most time with aren’t as ambitious as you are?”

And even more — what happens if you’re not able to make immediate changes in who you spend time the most time with?

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How To Change The World & Live Your Purpose w/ Adam Braun

It all started in the club.

The music was thumping, the strobe lights were popping and this guy and I were pretty much shouting at each other.

While other tipsy clubgoers stumbled past us, I made him a promise. “One day we’re going to do something great together.”

For any movement to gain momentum, it must start with a small action. @AdamBraun Click To Tweet

Fast forward four years. We’re building three schools with that guy I met in the club — Adam Braun — and his incredible organization, Pencils of Promise.

Our school in Laos is complete and has 76 kids registered. The other two schools are still being constructed. And in four short years, my dear friend Adam Braun has launched a global revolution.

If you ever feel like you’re meant for more in this life but you doubt that one person can make a difference, you’re going to love today’s episode.

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When Inspiration Backfires

If you were in my house right now, you’d see something pretty typical.

Stacks, and stacks, of books.

I have a huge bookcase over my desk. And stacks of books on my desk. Then there are books on my nightstand. Oh yeah… let’s not forget the book I always seem to have in my bag.

I love books. I also love magazines, newspapers, music, movies, art and videos, too.

Don’t confuse getting inspired with getting things done. Create before you consume. Click To Tweet

This all connects back to my love of learning and being inspired by people, stories and ideas.

If you look around, inspiration is everywhere! There’s an infinite source of inspiration online. Newsfeeds, social streams, Ted Talks, design blogs — you name it.

But is there such a thing as too much inspiration? Are some of us so addicted to inspiration that we’re not actually getting things done? No doubt.

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