Jim Rohn used to say that you are the average of the five people that you spend the most time with.
I like to think that people are a bit more complicated than that, but I certainly understand the sentiment.
Spending time with Negative Nellies and old sourpusses does little to help us get our mindset right.
Conversely, if you spend a lot of time with winners, with people striving for success and with people who can teach you a thing or two, you will probably begin to engage in more winning, more striving and more learning.
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of spending the day with 14 other lawyers who “get it.”
My friend John Fisher assembled us together in Chicago for a mastermind meeting.
Each participant was asked to bring their most vexing law firm marketing or management problem to the room and to share on that for five minutes.
Group members then used their collective brainpower to help develop strategies and solutions to these problems.
This is a mastermind and the one yesterday was extremely powerful.
An amazing thing happens when you open up to virtual strangers about some frustration or big problem that you are facing.
By admitting out loud the nature of the problem, it gives it definition and takes away some of the power that the problem may have over you.
But more than that, having group members chime in with real world advice and practical tips is invaluable.
You also get to see that you are not the only one with issues to overcome.
Spending a full day with winners charged my battery and I walked away with tons of practical, real world solutions not only to issues that I am facing but also to issues I was not even aware of.
For today, let us strive to find people in our lives who build us up, motivate us and inspire us to take great action.