“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

Jim Rohn

The quote above was first uttered by Jim Rohn and has been recited by countless speakers ever since. In fact, I firmly believe it to be true in many different ways. I believe:

  • Your salary is within 10% of your five closest friends.

  • Your beliefs are deeply rooted within the circle of your five closest friends.

  • More importantly, your ATTITUDE is often in line with the attitudes of your five closest friends.

What does this mean to you? It means you need to choose your circle of friends wisely. If you want to make more money you need to start hanging around people that make more money than you. They think differently, they see the world differently and the good news is it can rub off on you if you give it a chance.

At the same time, it ALSO means we need to eliminate (or at least lessen) the time spent around those who are not contributing to our future success. We all have people in our lives that not only see the glass half empty but make it their mission in life to remind everyone within earshot.

Bad attitudes are contagious.

In the same way we catch the flu, we can “catch” a bad attitude and allow it to plant seeds in our minds.


Your action plan this week is to:

1. Write out a list of your five closest friends (or five social circles)

2. Which friends and/or social circles do you need to LESSEN your time with?

3. What steps are you going to take to make this happen?