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When we were younger, we were most likely warned by our parents to be careful of whom we choose to spend our time with. They said this in reference to the way others would judge us in accordance to our friends, in addition to the influence our friends would have upon us.

We have all heard the saying that birds of a feather flock together, meaning that the company you keep reflects your personality. A smart person surrounds himself with other smart people.

People have a huge impact on your life.

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with,” says entrepreneur  Jim Rohn.

TJ Malamule likes saying “if you want other people to find you interesting, be interested.”

If you want people around to support you and show interest in what you do, do the same to them.

When you go around in circles, check your circle (of friends). In order to get out of your circle, you may have to change your circle.

When I was at university, I had a study buddy, someone I always hang around with, we were like train tracks, always side-by-side. One of the benefits of our friendship was that when I was down and not motivated, he would pull me up and motivate me and vice versa, when he was down, I had the obligation to keep him going.

Entrepreneurship is lonelier than you think it is. Sometimes, nobody seems to understand what you want to accomplish.

Entrepreneurs may be confident (and even cocky), but we don’t have the answers to everything and while we may not lack confidence, we may lack experience.

A good support system is critical to keep you on track and going. Surround yourself with people who nurture you, not who consume you.

The people you talk to everyday have the ability to influence what you think about. They set the narrative of your life. 

It is important to audit and carefully decide who you need to propel to a higher level, and who will weigh you down.

Be around people who really and genuinely care, not who use you to look after their self interests.

Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most all, surround yourself with those who see greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.

I have learned to do things that matter with people who matter.

You really are only as good as the company you keep.

A mirror reflects a man’s face but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses. The simple but true fact of life is that you become like those with whom you closely associate for the good and the bad.

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.

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