“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn
We are influenced directly and indirectly by our sphere of influence. For some of us it’s more than the average of the 5 people we spend our time with and for others it’s less than 5 people. Regardless, take a look around and take inventory of who you are engaging with on a day to day basis.
We owe it to ourselves to know, understand and eventually apply our value to our communities. We have to start today, our communities are crying out for it. We can feel helpless and hopeless or we can feel helpful and hopeful, it all comes down to who we surround ourselves with.
When our environment tells us we can’t, we believe it and we don’t even try. When our environment tells us we can, we try and try until we succeed. This is why we need to know our value, own it and then share it!
We need to get to a place in our lives where we stop spending our energy on twisting ourselves into knots in order to have the people in our lives understand us and start seeking out the ones that already understand us and will help us continue to grow. It needs to become our mission and it’s successful completion will result in a truly fulfilling life.
The story below resonates with us deeply because while we were trying to find our truth, we were subjected to criticism and scrutiny. We do not fault any particular person, place or thing, we are actually grateful for the experiences and would not change the past. We will continue to learn from those experiences and share the value in the lessons learned with everyone and anyone who needs to hear it.
“A father said to his son: You graduated with honors, here is a car that I acquired many years ago … it is several years old.
But before I give it to you, take it to the used car lot downtown and tell them I want to sell it and see how much they offer you.
The son went to the used car lot, returned to his father, and said, “They offered me $ 1,000 because it looks very worn out.”
The father said, “Take it to the pawnshop.”
The son went to the pawnshop, returned to his father, and said, “The pawnshop offered $ 100 because it was a very old car.”
The father asked his son to go to a car club and show them the car.
The son took the car to the club, returned, and told his father: “Some people in the club offered $ 100,000 for it, since it is a Nissan Skyline R34, iconic car and sought after by many.
The father said to his son; If you are not valued, do not be angry, it means that you are in the wrong place. Those who know your value are those who appreciate you; never stay in a place where no one sees your worth.” – Author Unknown