Relationships with people…We hear a lot about getting away from people who are bad influences on us. Gary Vaynerchuck says, “Add one new winner friend, and cut one loser friend.” We’ve all heard about being the average of the five people we spend the most time with, and it’s true. You have to guard who you spend your time with. You have to make sure you’re not spending all of your time around negative and lazy people because you will slowly pick up their habits. We all have friends who sit around and do nothing but play videogames, party, and work at their crappy job to finance it all. A lot of those people have no direction in their life and they never will. They will continue to aimlessly float no matter how much you try to knock them out of it.
Now with that being said, we have to invest in people. Not everyone will continue to aimlessly float around. There are plenty of people who will wake up, and start pursuing what matters. John Maxwell said, “If you want to change the world, invest in helping another person to reach their potential.” Helping other people when they are down is the epitome of humility and doing unto others as you would have them do unto you.
So how do you know the difference?
How do you figure out who’s worth investing in and who’s worth leaving behind?
Lean far more into investing in others before giving up on someone. Now, this may not apply in the world of business, because you can’t carry people along who are holding down a team. In the business world, you have to let people go a lot quicker… But in every day life? In your groups of friends and family? Go the extra mile for people. Help them when they don’t deserve it. Invest in people without the expectation of return… It should take a long, long time for us to give up on someone and mark them a lost cause. You wouldn’t want to be a lost cause to someone…. Give people their 4th,5th,6th, and 7th chance. It doesn’t matter if they deserve another shot, if you have it in you, give them one more chance. Invest your time into people, they’re worth it.