Your 5 closest friends influence your gay dating and gay relationship decisions. Jim Rohn said, [sws_highlight]“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”[/sws_highlight] He went on to say that his mentor told him that if you take your 5 closest friends that you spend the most time with and divide how much money they all make by 5, you’re probably making close to what they’re making, which in Jim’s case was true.

[sws_pullquote_right]This is not only true in Jim’s life but has also been very true in my life and relationships .[/sws_pullquote_right] It’s no so much about turning your back on your friends (well unless they’re leaches then I would say you might want to find a new set of friends), but more about who you spend the most time with because these are the folks that will have influence on you.
[sws_blockquote]Your relationships depend on your influences[/sws_blockquote]
The success you have in your relationships is directly related to the success you have in your personal and social life.  The success you have in your personal life is influenced by the people you spend the most time with.

[sws_grey_box]It’s a lot like playing Basketball or any sport for that matter, when you play with people that are as good as you if not better, elevate you to another level.  The best thing that happened to Magic Johnson was Larry Bird.  Those to were not only great friends and elevated each others game, they changed Basketball forever.[/sws_grey_box]

So if you’re hanging around people that are going places, live with character and integrity, and want to make the world a better place, that passion they have for life and business is contagious – it will inspire you to be great as well.

[sws_blue_box]You ever been around people like this?  They make you want to be a better person, better Father, better employee or manager, just make you want to be a better human being?  If you spend enough time around these people, it will have a compound affect on your life and your business because you’re living with passion and you’re challenged to live with character and integrity as well.[/sws_blue_box]

On the contrary, ever hang around someone that just takes the life out of you?  They’re always whining, always complaining, cheating, trying to cut corners in life and aren’t doing the right thing.  You might not realize it but you’re being influenced and can end up down the wrong path.
So do the following exercise:

[sws_blockquote_endquote align=”center” cite=”Paul Angelo”]Get a list of all friends you hang out and write out how they are making your life better or worse. Are they making it easier to follow your dreams, your goals or are they criticizing you and your dreams?  And then focus your time on those who help you grow and be a better person every day.[/sws_blockquote_endquote]

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