Success By Association

Ed Thomas Coaching

posted on Monday, August 14, 2017

5 years from now you will be the product
of 2 things:
1. The books you read.
2. Who you hang out with.

Success By Association

If we say we want to be successful, rich, a champion or that we want to have a positive impact on others, then it makes sense that we should associate ourselves with others who have accomplished these goals. Some of the best lessons I've learned in life came from other people I knew. This is one of the reasons I looked up to Ed. He taught so many people (without even realizing it) what success really looked like, and motivated people to be their best self. 

There's evidence that supports the belief that, who we are to a large degree, depends on who we hang out with. Parents are certainly aware of this as we are growing up. Who's heard a parent emotionally say, “What were you doing with them anyway?" or how about the classic, "If your friends jumped off a cliff, would you do that too?" No, kids, they're not trying to make fun of you. Parents have life experience and understand that peer pressure is real. People we look up to can have a scary amount of control over our actions; whether we realize it or not.

Having the ability to choose the type of people we associate with is a powerful thing. It no doubt has an impact on the type of person we are.

"Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm."

Proverbs 13:20

Your Challenge

Take a look at your own life– your friends, co-workers, teammates etc. These are the people that are a reflection of your self. Are they building you up? Challenging you to be better in your work, relationships or faith? It's a hard question to ask, and even harder to cut toxic people out of your life, but it can be a life changing question. Think about the person you'd like to be, and then surround yourself with the people that live it everyday.

Al Kerns & the Ed Thomas Family Foundation

This post is written by Al Kerns, a long-time friend of Ed Thomas and a team member with the Ed Thomas Family Foundation. Al coached with Ed for 30+ years at Aplington-Parkersburg.