I have struggled with this saying for decades. But the longer I live, the more I find it true:

"You're the average of the five people closest to you."

This idea, often credited to motivational speaker Jim Rohn, hits home when realizing how our social circles affect our personal growth.

First, let's not forget that humans are total social animals. From the moment we're born, we depend on others for support, advice, and friendship. Our relationships and connections shape our thoughts, feelings, and actions as we age. That's where the magic of the five closest people comes in.

By hanging out with people who share our values, dreams, and drive for success, we're more likely to pick up their habits, mindsets, and behaviors.

On the flip side, spending time with negative or unproductive friends can hold us back and drag us down. Our social world greatly impacts our personal growth, so picking our friends carefully is super important.

So, how can you make sure your inner circle is helping you shine? Here are some things I keep in mind when I do some life inventory. Maybe these will help you as well.

Check out your current crew: Think about the five people you hang with the most, either face-to-face or online. Are they supportive, encouraging, and all about growth? Do they challenge and inspire you? If not, it might be time to rethink those relationships.

Find your tribe: Look for people who are into the same stuff you are, have the same goals, and share your values. Go to events, join clubs, or join online forums that match your interests. Connecting with your kind of people can be super rewarding and empowering.

Go deep with your connections: Focus on quality, not quantity, when it comes to your relationships. Work on building meaningful connections with people who genuinely care about you and want to see you grow.

Be OK with being uncomfortable: Remember, growth often happens when we step outside our comfort zone. It's cool to have like-minded friends, but don't be afraid of hanging out with people with different views or backgrounds. Embrace the discomfort and watch yourself grow.

Be a positive force: Keep in mind that you're part of someone else's inner circle too. Try to be a supportive and uplifting presence for those around you. When you're a positive influence, you'll naturally draw in others who have the same vibe.

The power of the five closest people in your life is no joke. By surrounding yourself with a supportive, inspiring, and growth-focused crew, you can level up your personal development, broaden your horizons, and become the best version of yourself.

Remember, your social environment shapes your life, so choose your friends wisely and build relationships that help you grow and rock your world.

If life is not going well, it might be a good time to take inventory and see who stays as part of your five and who should go.

Keep making a difference,


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