“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”, says motivational speaker Jim Rohn, and it’s true. Consequently, the people we spend the most time with shape who we are and what we become. This is why it’s essential we endeavor to be surrounded by positivity.
During my teenage years in Sweden, I hung out with friends who had limited ambitions in life. They spent their days drinking, partying, and getting into street fights and bar brawls. As their friend, I, too, let myself become part of all these activities. I even earned my own street cred by landing punches and never showing pain. When I passed out for an entire day and woke up on the steps of an abandoned building thinking I’d died, I was at a crossroads. I knew instinctively that I had to change my ways, and I did.
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I got a job at a telemarketing office selling pre-paid SIM cards. I committed to going out to parties only on weekends and eventually separated from the friends I hung out with. Although isolating myself didn’t exactly feel like a breath of fresh air, it was a start to understanding myself for who I truly was. After much internal struggle, I flew across the globe to Thailand and you know the rest of my story.
We spend lots of time with certain people because we share something in common with them. This is why it’s important to evaluate our friendships from time to time. To see whether our shared interests are doing us good or bad. The relationships we invest in can either allow us to bloom into the best version of ourselves or have a negative effect on our growth trajectory. For this reason, it’s crucial we seek to be surrounded by positivity.
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I realized a little later that surrounding myself with people who exude positive energy is vital, whether they are friends, employees, or acquaintances. These are the people with the potential to inspire us to become better individuals. They provide us with motivation to achieve our goals, inspire and empower us to make the changes essential for success, and cheer us on as we triumphantly cross the finish line.
Having learned this the hard way, I now keep my ideas and goals close to my heart and never let anyone rain on my parade. I only share them with people who can help me achieve them. If I were to share my goals with everyone, most would say that I will never be able to do that, or have that, or be that person who has that achievement in life. That’s the type of negativity I don’t need in my life, especially when a new, inspiring idea comes to me.
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Negativity is like cancer. It spreads very quickly and affects everyone and everything. What does a doctor do when he finds cancer? He cuts it out very quickly before it spreads. If you want to attract great wealth into your life and build a fantastic business, then you must cut negative people out of your life, no matter how much of an advantage or money they bring you and your company.
About Andres Pira – philanthropist, real estate tycoon, author, speaker, and global citizen. Andres Pira enjoys living in Thailand, where his journey began from Homeless to Billionaire.
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