...what you eat.
...who you think you are.
...who you hang around.
When I was 15. I had ambition, energy, and passion for cars. I was searching for who I was. I had friends who were encouraging the wrong things, weren't positive, and worst of all, they de-motivated me.
When I was 16 I had a girl friend who was “out of my league” and she inspired me, complimented me and best of all, asked me why these people were my friends. I had no good answer! Within months, I learned that a friend is defined as a person whom one knows, likes, and trusts. But further definition in a dictionary is: a person with whom one is allied in a struggle or cause; a comrade. Further finding is: One who supports, sympathizes with, or patronizes a group, cause, or movement.
What does all this mean? Friends sell you on doing what is right and wrong. If you have friends that belittle or de-motivate you or are jealous of you, get new ones! Fire the old ones! People sell bad things sometimes. It happened to me. I want my children to have friends that inspire them to achieve more, whom they can trust and most of all, ones they respect. According to Marcus Buckingham, besides having a stable home life, the most influential group of people growing up are friends during your youth. Their perceptions of you shape you as a person.
At SalesBy5 we practice a core value: follow your heart, it will not lead you astray. What's your heart telling you about your life?