Great association is where it’s at. No one knows this better than Orrin Woodward. So the question becomes; How do you know if you are hanging with the right association? I believe the answer comes down to what you truly want out of the time here on earth that you’ve been given. I hear it’s a finite amount. Another question might be; How do you define happiness in your life? What I’ve come to learn from people who have great results in ALL of the 8 F’s in LIFE, is that true happiness can’t be pursued directly, but rather, is a byproduct of serving others.
So what does that have to do with whom I associate, you might ask…. If you feel the quote “birds of a feather flock together” holds some degree of truth for you, then the answer is: everything! They become your center of influence and affect your belief/value system of your life. So let me ask you: Do the people you hang with have your best interests at heart at all times? Do they have the knowledge, resources and love for you to help you get wherever it is you want to go? Do they encourage you regardless of how far fetched your ideas may seem? One would hope so. Do they ever pass judgement on you or criticize you or gossip behind your back? One would hope not. Sounds to me like the beginnings of a definition of a true friend.
That is the kind of association one often finds at a Tuesday night ‘open meeting’ (as well as the challenge groups that meet every other Tuesday). I learned a long time ago that where you will be 5 years from now, is directly connected to the books you read and the people you associate with! Choose wisely.
God bless, John Graff
P.S. Feel free to fill me in on how an open/challenge group helped you grow!