There’s a saying, “your net-worth will be the average of your top 5 friends.” Surround yourself with people you want to become. If you have 4 broke friends, you’ll be the 5th. That’s the truth and the harsh reality of life. If your goal is to become financially successful, you’ll never get there if the people closest to you doesn’t share the same mindset.
Let’s start with a common scenario: You know you want to do something different, something that’s not a 9-5 job. You want to venture outwards into the world of business. You talk to the people around you, your family and friends, and what do they say? Play it safe. don’t take that risk. Conventional wisdom is ALWAYS wrong. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk - if all these successful entrepreneurs ‘played it safe’ and didn’t take risks, the world would be substantially different right now. Who you listen to is critical for success. Always consider the source of your advice.
Yes, your family and friends may have the best intentions for you, but they haven’t been there and done that, regarding what you’re passionate about. Would you take advice from an overweight person on how to lose weight? Would you take advice from a smoker on how to quit smoking? You wouldn’t. So, why would you take advice from a person who hasn’t been there and done that.
Ask yourself, "are they qualified" to give me advice on what I want to do? Only listen to people who have been there and done that. Let me phrase it this way - when you take their advice, you take their lifestyle. Supposedly, you will get what they have. If their lifestyle isn’t appealing to you, don’t take advice from them. It's that simple.
If you're interested in learning more about obtaining the right source of advice or how to tell if your mentor is right for you, I've created a FREE ePublication for you to download - HERE.