Crippled CEO Blog #159:
Y’all be out here trifling with your associations and… it ain’t cute.
Ahem. Pardon me. Let’s just pretend I didn’t do that.
But seriously, though.
I’ve touched on this before as portions of previous blogs, but I feel like I need to make this its own dedicated thing, to make it 100%, absolutely clear.
Nothing, literally nothing, matters more than the human beings who you spend the most time with.
And yet, for some reason, we spend so little time and thought deciding who these people should and should not be.
We might spend hours considering different paint colors for our walls, or countertops for our new kitchen, but then we get together once a month with our wife’s coworkers who we can’t stand. We keep inviting crappy friends to our gatherings because we don’t want them to feel left out. We continue taking calls from toxic and negative people, attending events with vitriolic family members, and working with unreasonable, petty clients.
We didn’t spend any time thinking about or choosing the people in our life. They just ended up there, and now we feel like we have to put up with them.
But we’ve all heard the expressions. You are the sum of your five closest friends. If you want to know somebody, know their friends. And so on.
The people you surround yourself with impact your health, your career, your relationships, and every other facet of your life far, far more than anything else.
The same goes for your business, too. Literally nothing matters more, by a massive margin, than the people you pick. Yet somehow, and I’ve been guilty of this, we end up with subpar, less than stellar humans working in our organization, and we just leave it like that because change is difficult.
Or we let them stay for one of the same reasons we let the friends stay. We are afraid of being alone. What if we get rid of them, and we can’t find anyone better to replace them?
This fear is real and valid, but I have found, over and over again, that flushing out the bad just makes room for the good to fill the void.
When I realize someone in my life is no good, and contributing only negativity, I cut them out as much as I can without losing any good folks.
And when I stumble across someone awesome, I go after them. I strive to make them my friend and keep them in my company (like, my company, as in my presence, but also as in my business, as well, I guess). Great people add too much happiness and success to your life to be cavalier about their inclusion in it.
Spend at least as much time thinking about the single biggest influence on your life as you’re going to spend selecting your next big screen TV.
That seems reasonable, doesn’t it?
(Do you know whose company I didn’t have to go after last night? Your mom. She came here all on her own. Your mom also gets a text from me every Sunday with a link to the latest blog post. Send a text to 561-726-1567 with the word CRIP as the message to get a link to the blog as soon as it’s up.
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