Your friendships determine your destiny. Who you are as a competitor, what you achieve in life, and how you react to everyday circumstances — these are all reactions shaped by the people you surround yourself with most.
Your friends. Your family. Your mentors, co-workers, peers, and fellow competitors.
Those relationships will either make you or break you.
Those people who you allow in the closest places of your intimacy either push you relentlessly towards where you want to be or they ensnare you in a web of unending distraction and soul-crushing malaise.
Which is why it matters who you choose to spend your time with.
It matters that you seek out people who inspire you to be your best. It matters that you deliberately avoid negative influences and people who always seemed to bring you down.
It matters that you ask for help from people who are qualified to give it.
You are right now or soon will be the average of the top five people you’re hanging around right now.
And if you don’t like what that looks like, it’s time for you to change your company.
Look for people who are already doing what you want to do — and doing it well.
Look for people who you admire. People who do that one thing so magically well that you can only describe it as being awesome.
Surround yourself with people who have a chip on their shoulder — people madly driven to achieve despite the frustration and uncertainty.
Relentlessly avoid the skeptics and cynics who wish to keep your feet on the ground.
Your destiny isn’t about being reasonable. It’s about the pursuit of awesome. So make it that.
Find awesome friends. Be an awesome friend. Success demands it.