Welcome to #InspireAfricaProject! Whether you like it or not, your association will always determine your destination in life. You cannot flow with the wrong crowd and generate good results. The very day a young lady decided to flow with prostitutes was the day she chose to truncated her enviable destiny. The very day a young man chose to flow with armed robbers was the day he defined how he would end up in life. Your position in life will always reflect the kind of company you keep.
“John Assaraf is a successful entrepreneur who has seemingly done it all- including traveling the world for a year in his twenties, owning and operating a franchising company whose annual real estate revenue exceed $3 billion.
John was a street kid who had been entangled in the world of drugs and gangs. When he landed a job working in the gym at the Jewish community center across the street from his apartment in Montreal, his life was changed by the powerful principle that you become like the people you spend the most time with.
In addition to earning $1.65 an hour, he received access to the men’s health club. John recounts that he got his early education in business in the men’s sauna. Every night after work, from 9:15 to 10pm, you’d find him in the steamy hot room listening to successful businessmen tell their tales of success and failures.
Many of those successful men were immigrants who had come to Canada to stake their claim, and John was fascinated as much by their setbacks as by their successes. The stories of what went wrong with their businesses, family, and health gave him inspiration, because his own family was experiencing tremendous challenges and difficulties, and John learned that it was normal to have challenges- that other families also went through similar crises and still made it to the top.
The successful people taught John to never give up on his dreams. “No matter what failure,” they told him, “try another way; try going up, go over, around, or through, but never give up. There is always a way.” John also learned from these successful men that it makes no difference where you are born, what race or color you are, how old you are, or whether you come from a rich family or a poor family.
Many of the men in that sauna spoke broken English; some were single and some were happily married and some were not; some were healthy and others were in terrible shape; some had college degree and some didn’t. Some hadn’t even been to high school.
For the first time, John realized that success is not reserved just for those born into well-to-do families without challenges and to whom every advantage has been given. He realized that no matter what conditions of your life, you could build a life of success. He was in the presence of men from all walks of life who had done it and freely shared their wisdom and experience with him.
Every night John attended his own private business school- in a sauna in a Jewish community center.~Jack Canfield. You, too need to be surrounded with people who have a positive attitude, a solution-oriented approach to life- people who know that they can accomplish whatever they set out to do.
When Tim Ferriss was 12 years old, an unidentified caller left this Jim Rohn’s quote on his answering machine; “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” It changed his life forever. At only 12 years of age, Tim recognized that the kids he was hanging out with were not the ones he wanted influencing his future.
So he went to his mom and dad and asked them to send him to private school. Four years at Saint Paul’s School set him on a path that led to a junior year abroad in Japan studying judo; four years at Princeton University, where he became an all-American wrestler; a national kickboxing championship; and eventually starting his own company at the age of 23. Tim knew what every parent intuitively knows-that we become like the people we hang out with.
I want you to take a sheet of paper and write down the names of your top ten friends. Kindly analyze the value they are adding to your life. Are they influencing you positively or negatively? Do they encourage you to chase your dream or give you one hundred reasons why all of you should remain where you have always been?
Your company will always determine what accompany you. The voice of the person you listen to will determine how you will end up in this life. You must understand that influence is powerful. Most habits are developed unconsciously through emulation. I have always maintained that friendship is by choice not by force. Don’t try to belong to a particular group if what the group does is against your values. That group may be popular today, but the bad seeds they are sowing today will catch up with them in the future. Wisdom is profitable to direct! (If you’re living in and around Abuja, kindly check the handbill below. Your life is about to change drastically).
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