Renowned spokesperson and mentor Jim Rohn once said, ” You are the average of the five people you spend most of your time with.”
When I looked at that quote fifteen years ago, I assumed it was questioning my choice of friends, my wife, my inner circle. Then it dawned on me, I spend most of my waking hours with colleagues at work and in my business relationships. What I really need to do is make sure these five people are on a path to greatness that I want to be. They are all in and want to be better.
I have had good bosses, good employees. I have had lousy bosses, lousy employees. But did I ever have great, inspiring people surrounding me daily? Lifting me up. Wanting to make my dreams a realty? Supporting my greatness journey? No, I can not say I did.
My next realization was perhaps the hardest for me. Was I inspiring people? Lifting them up? Supporting their greatness journey? Honestly I can say no. This moment was the moment I decided that being average was not good enough. Being self centered was not good enough. Being status quo was not good enough.
The first step is admitting you have a problem, and my problem was the assumption that I was the only one that wanted to be on a path to greatness in my “Group”. So not true. Every person I have ever met wants to be great. The only difference is, their expectation of greatness for them was different than mine. Only limited by their beliefs and needs.
Once I stopped focusing on my personal journey and started helping my group achieve their definition of greatness, my life’s mission became clear. My happiness became an easy target, and my path to greatness was one that was clearly defined.
I will be the purveyor of change. The supporter of dreams. The helper to greatness.
I hope to share bits of my journey with you. Help you on your personal path to greatness. Whatever that may be.