It matters who you choose to spend time with. You can see it in all walks of life. Sometimes it’s to your benefit, sometimes not. As a teenager, I can remember my mother trying to make me understand that the friends that I ran with could have an impact on my future. Because I was a “know-it-all” teen, I didn’t really listen. As a 42-year old husband, father and business owner, I now believe her words to be true. Truth be told, I still fall into the trap of thinking I know it all and when it happens, God quickly humbles me. That said, even when I’m full of myself, I never lose sight of the fact that I am surrounded by good people.
Any success I have had in life has come on the shoulders of the people I surround myself with. As a youngster on a wrestling mat, I was blessed with really good practice partners. I’m looking at you Matt. As a result, I was a decent wrestler. As a college student, I was blessed with really good teachers. One of my professors wrote some of the chapters in the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s text book. For those of you that don’t know, nearly every Strength and Conditioning coach in the country, both college and pro, is accredited by this group. He also taught some of my favorite classes in school. As a young trainer, I was blessed to be put into a work environment that would grant me hours upon hours of training experience on the floor. The experience I gained was due to a system put in place by my mentor, Pat McCloskey. As a Christian, I have been blessed to be surrounded by wonderful people of the same faith. These people have helped me continue to grow in my walk with God. Most of all, I have been blessed by a partner in life that keeps me aiming high. It’s because of her that I have the courage to continually evolve the way that I do things. It’s because of her that I pick myself up and dust myself off each time I run into a set-back.
You see, we were not created to tread through this life alone. Don’t believe me? How about this from noted business author Jim Rohn: “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Don’t like that one? Okay, how about this from Napoleon Hill: “Mastermind groups are established to help create an environment that nurtures and supports growth.” Hill interviewed some of the world’s most accomplished men in his day and looked for commonalities. Forming groups to help each other trouble shoot problems was one of them. Look at the words in the picture above. Those were uttered to a group of plane crash survivors in the television show “LOST”. Just as the group was about to come unglued, their leader hit them with this as a way to bring them back together. They literally needed each other to survive. I think my favorite though is this one: “As Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another”, Proverbs 27:17.
Who you spend time with matters. Your friends matter. Your community matters. I believe this on a soul deep level. That’s why Project Fitness exists, to give all of you a community. Make use of it. I’m sorry if this came off as a ramble or preachy. I didn’t mean it to. Just something I wanted to share.