One of our core, basic human needs is having a sense of belonging. We want to belong to a group, a community.
By its very nature, a group is defined as a collection of similar things, ideas or people. So, when we want to belong to a certain group, we tend to act like everyone else in that particular group.
We’ve all heard the expression, “Monkey see, monkey do.”
Similarly, mediocrity breeds mediocrity, and excellence breeds excellence.
If everyone else in the group is mediocre, and you start doing things with excellence, one of two things happen. They either shun you out, or they start becoming better.
There is also a third option. You decide you really want to be a part of the group, and therefore you also begin performing with mediocrity. This is the worst option.
While we pick our associations, our associations make us who we are in the long run.
Motivational speaker, Charlie “Tremendous” Jones said, “You are the same today as you will be five years from now except for two things … the people you meet and the books you read.”
Choose your associations carefully. And they come in many forms – people, podcasts, books, blogs, music, magazines & movies.
Because eventually, it is your associations that will either propel you to newer heights in life or drag you down to newer lows.