Hey look around you.....who's there???
Hey look around you....who's there? Is it someone you look up to, admire or aspire to learn from? Is it someone that you know you are better, smarter and more successful than? Who do you hang out with and who do you associate with?
Hanging out and associating yourself with people who are not as successful or as smart as you does wonders for the ego and makes you feel like the big fish in the pond that everyone looks up to. The problem with being a big fish in a small pond is that your growth is limited and sooner or later you will run out of oxygen as the pond fills up with smaller fish.
As for me, I try to hang out and associate with people that are better than me in every aspect of my professional and personal life. I want to be around people who will challenge me to be a better mortgage loan officer, a better husband, a better father, a better mentor and a more giving person. I want to be around people that are better human beings just by the virtue of who they are and not by pretense.
I prefer to hang out with people that give freely of their time and themselves, people who are honest and have a positive mental attitude, people who get the job done and do not lose focus of their goals. People who know their stuff because they've worked hard to get to where they are and are not afraid to share their experiences or roll up their sleeves.
I much prefer to be the small fish in a large pond so that I can continue grow to be a larger fish in an ever growing pond while helping other fish to get bigger also. So look around you.....who's there???