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By Greg Reid


We Are the Five People We Associate with Most

Last month I was invited to participate in a charity golf tournament in Las Vegas to celebrate the life of the late dancing legend Gregory Hines. The event was held to raise funds and awareness of the tragic disease that took this entertainerís life.

Although we were focusing on this serious matter, it was a true pleasure to meet all the celebrities and people whom I would not normally have the opportunity to meet while living here in San Diego. However, what really left an impression with me the most was a conversation I had with Gregory Hinesís father, Maurice.

I went up to him and simply asked this question: "What was it about Gregoryís upbringing that made him such a leader in his art?"

"Well, itís like this," began his proud dad in an authoritative manner. "All we did was watch what he loved to do and then encourage him to continue doing it. You shouldíve seen his eyes light up when he was only a child dancing for the family. When we put a ball in his hand, he didnít share the same passion, so we simply took it away."

"Thatís it?" I asked in a surprised tone.

"Yes, itís as simple as that," he replied. "You see, so many people try to push their kids into doing something that they themselves want, rather than supporting their children in doing what they want."

Which brings me to this topic.

Where could you be right nowóor even better, where could you be tomorrow ó if you surrounded yourself with a network of positive support to assist you on your journey?

Thereís an old saying that goes, "We are the five people that we associate with the most, and our income is an average of those five people."

If you donít like the path youíre on, I suggest that you take a look around you to see who youíre associating with. After all, water truly does seek its own level.

"How do we change this?" you ask.

Hereís what I did, and I invite you to do the same.

A few years back, I looked around and noticed that all I did was hang around with other salespeople such as myself. Realizing that I wanted more from my life than to simply sit around talking about the great deal or the money Iíd made that day, I sought out a new group of people to associate myself withópeople who could help me on my new journey to become an author and motivational speaker. I ran ads on the Internet and in the newspaper seeking new people to associate with and "soak up the success" with, so to speak.

When I couldnít find such a club, I decided to create one of my own. I called it the Influential Menís Group. We met once a month and discussed our ideas and plans to make them become realities. Most important, we supported and held one other accountable to see those dreams come true.

As I write this now, I think to myself how grateful I am for all the wonderful people whoíve come into my life this past year. Due to this great group of people, Iíve gone from a business owner/salesman, to a number-one, best-selling author. Iíve been published with my heroes and industry greats such as Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy, Mark Victor Hansen, Tom Hopkins, Bob Proctor, Peter Lowe, Cynthia Kersey, Steven E., John Assaraf, Dr. Wayne Dyer and the internationally acclaimed artist Wyland, just to name a few.

I share this with you not to impress you, but to impress upon you to be careful of what you ask for. You may just get it.

In closing, I ask you once more: Where could you be tomorrow, by surrounding yourself with supportive, like-minded people who truly want you to succeed?

We are the company we keep. Choose your company wisely.

. . . . . .

Gregory Scott Reid is a well-known Speaker  and two-time #1 best-selling author of "The Millionaire Mentor"  and "Wake Up: Live the Life You Love"


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