A study in 2007 titled “obesity loves company” shows that obesity is contagious. If your best friend gets fat, your chances of gaining weight more than double.

Malcolm Gladwell fans will recall his reporting that suicide among teenagers can be contagious as well.

So is terrorism, of course. And spamming. And creativity. [And becoming a millionaire, getting your company funded, not dropping out of high school and learning how to shop for discounts, too.]

The most important thing you can do is choose who you are hanging out with. The second high-leverage thing is to put dynamics in place that reinforce the ideas you would like to see spread. Celebrate the heroes. Make it easy for those ideas to spread…

When giving his talk at TEDxGaborone recently, Nijel Amos, a 800 metre Botswana gold medalist highlighted that there is no such thing as self made success. Success is about the people around you.

When people look at Rafa Nadal, Tiger Woods, Serena Williams, Nijel Amos or Lewis Hamilton they usually think that these individual stars made it on their own relying on their talent.

It takes a village to raise a child – African Proverb

Even though we see these individuals as stars, they are part of a team, they have a coach, a physio, a manager, someone who looks after their diet, someone who looks after their equipment. These stars are part of a team. When Rafa wins, its his entire team that won, not only him.

You are a sum total of people around you. If you want to succeed, hang around people who are focused, hard working and people who are doing work that matters.

Attitudes are contagious.

Who you hang out with determines what you dream about and what you collide with.

And the collisions and the dreams lead to your changes.

And the changes are what you become.

Change the outcome by changing your circle.

We see a better world when we hang around people who see a better world.

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