“Tell me with whom you consort and I will tell you who you are; if I know how you spend your time, then I know what might become of you.” – Goethe

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Have you ever heard that you are the average of the five people you hang out with the most?

I did not believe it at first until I started observing my life. Now I see it everywhere I look. If you have never thought about it, make a list of your closest connections and see where you stack up compared to them financially, spiritually, physically, emotionally, etc. My guess is that you’re the average of the five of them.

Then look around and observe your friends, family, and colleagues. You will quickly notice that they are a combination of the people they hang out with and the ideas they listen to.

I love Goethe’s quote because it reminds us that we are influenced by our peers, circumstances, and thoughts.

You bring about what you think about.

That is the whole concept of this blog series, “You’ll never be tomorrow what you’re not becoming today.”

The posts focus on two big ideas. First, you have to figure out what you want out of life. Then, you have to start working towards that goal today.

It really is that simple.

The only problem is that it’s not easy.

So, who do you want to be tomorrow and what should you be doing about it today?  

To me, those are two of the most important questions we ever ask ourselves.  And, the good news is that we can change our course tomorrow if that is what we really want.

Originally posted on Bigger Pockets by Douglas Skipworth, Tuesday, February 16th