Many years ago I met bestselling author and motivational speaker Charles “Tremendous” Jones. His signature line was, “Your life will be the same five years from now as it is today except for the people you meet and the books you read.”
If we hang around complainers, we become complainers. If we spend time with achievers, we tend to achieve. If the people with whom we associate spend their evenings watching mindless television, you guessed it, we watch what they watch.
This principle of our becoming like those around us points to reasons we should consider participating in associations, service clubs, religious organizations, and mastermind groups. These groups tend to attract the very best people—ones who take initiative, who seek personal growth, who live by higher standards, and who expect more from themselves.
Also, leadership opportunities abound in such organizations. Though I’ve spent my entire career in leadership positions, my leadership in volunteer organizations has been the greatest source of leadership learning.
I’m a much better leader because of my participation in such groups.
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