The power of Association is too real: The less we associate with some people the more our lives will improve. Tolerating mediocrity in others increases ours too, an important attribute of successful people is their impatience with negative thinking and negative acting people. As we grow our associates will definitely change, some friends will not want us to change, they prefer we stay where they are. Friends that don't help you to climb will want you to crawl; they will stretch your dreams or choke it; those that don't increase us will eventually decrease us. Beware!!

 

As my fellow African will say "shine your eyes!!” Never receive counsel from unproductive people; never discuss your problems with those incapable of contributing genuine solution because those who never succeed at nothing themselves are always the first to offer expert advice. Note, not everyone has the right to speak into our life: you are certain to get the worst bargain exchanging ideas with the wrong person. Never follow people who are not heading anywhere.

 

Some people we spend an evening with others we invest in: Be careful where you stop to inquire directions along the road of life. If you run with wolves, you will learn to howl but associating with eagles teaches how us to soar to great heights; "Wise is the person who fortifies his life with the right friendships".

 

It’s said “a mirror reflects a man's face yet what he really is like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses". Popularly said in Ghana as 'show me your friend and i will show you your character'. The simple but true fact of life is that we become like those with whom we closely associate - for the good and the bad.

"Be not mistaken" as this applies to family as well as friends.

 

By Collin Powel

Comments

Great New year's first message to help us make new year's resolutions with direction and meaning.

Thank you so much
Masimba Munangu2 January 2018
Great piece Collin. I must add that getting rid of unproductive people isn't easy, especially if you have hanged around them for the years! Keith Ndlovu2 January 2018
Inspired a lot eyy Kudakwashe Pambayi11 January 2018
inspiring piece of writing. Thank you stanley mangava20 March 2018

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