The Law of Averages – One Minute Lesson
You may have heard the quote by Jim Rohn that “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with”. The idea is that the people you spend a lot of time with will influence you so much that over time you start to become more like them. The way they think, the beliefs they hold, their attitudes and preferences all make an impact on you.
The typical advice from this idea is to make sure you spend time with people who lead you in a positive direction and avoid people who negatively impact you.
But let’s take this further. Take a look at the top 5 YouTube channels you watch the most. In which direction are those channels pulling you? Are they creating positive or negative change in your life? Do they inspire and motivate you? What about your top 5 TV shows, podcasts or social media accounts you follow? Are these people and sources pulling you in the right direction? These sources can influence you just as much as a close friend, sometimes even more.
This week, pay attention to what you spend your time reading, watching or listening. Write down as you go whether these sources are leading you in a good direction or whether you would be better off directing your attention elsewhere. At the end of the week if you find that a lot of sources are negative, it’s time to make a change.
While you might be the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with, everything you pay attention to determines you who will become.
Key Lessons to Learn
- The people you spend the most time with influence you more than you think
- Surround yourself with people that lead you in a positive direction
- The websites, social media personalities, podcasts or TV shows you spend time with also influence you significantly more than you think
- Focusing your attention on positive sources can positively impact your future