Ways to Benefit from “Mastermind” Friends

We become like our friends. No man becomes great own his own.

How long did it take you to realize that mama was actually right when she warned against the company you kept? Or you haven’t realized. You pitied drug users only to grow up to be just like them. Do you know why?

The explanation can be derived from the way people become criminals. “When people first come into contact with crime, they hate it. If they remain in contact with crime for a time, they become accustom to it, and endure it. If they remain in contact with it long enough, they finally embrace it, and become influenced by it.”

The people we surround ourselves with either raise or lower our standards. They either help us to become the best version of ourselves or encourage us to become lesser versions of ourselves.

So, how do we benefit from people we associate with?

Choose the right associates

It is true that we emulate those with whom we associate most closely. Selectively decide on your circle. This isn’t an expensive price to pay when you desire success, is it? If you hang around with four millionaires, you will be the fifth one. In other words, surround yourself with people who will challenge you to level up. Choose purpose partners who you can share your goals and dreams with, and they will encourage you toward achieving them. We become like our friends. No man becomes great own his own.

It is give-take relationship

This is a relationship of something for something. You give what you have and take what you lack. Let everyone know that you are on the same wavelength. We all have strengths and weaknesses. Let the association benefit everyone with what they lack. This is the only way to win.

Celebrate others when they win

We naturally want to be around people that are uplifting and positive. The association must be devoid of negative vibe. Competition must only be constructive. Celebrate every success in your friends. Remember that when a member wins, it is reflective of your influence. Be the first to say congratulations.

Share interests

Find one or two things that you can enjoy together. It makes life more fun to enjoy activities together. Having experiences together tighten the success bond of the group.

Respect values

Remember you chose great people albeit their diverse values. Respect it when a member rejects a suggestion and work to find a harmonious way through it. This will keep each other accountable as no one will compromise.

Take inventory of the circle that you keep to know where you’ll be going, what you’ll be doing, and what your income level will be. If you love the findings, then great! If not, then it’s not late to check out and start establishing some new relationships.