You are…

…what you eat. 
…who you think you are. 
…who you hang around.

When I was 15. I had ambition, energy, and passion for cars. I was searching for who I was.  I had friends who were encouraging the wrong things, weren’t positive, and worst of all, they de-motivated me.

When I was 16 I had a girl friend who was “out of my league” and she inspired me, complimented me and best of all, asked me why these people were my friends. I had no good answer! Within months, I learned that a friend is defined as a person whom one knows, likes, and trusts. But further definition in a dictionary is: a person with whom one is allied in a struggle or cause; a comrade. Further finding is: One who supports, sympathizes with, or patronizes a group, cause, or movement.

What does all this mean? Friends sell you on doing what is right and wrong.  If you have friends that belittle or de-motivate you or are jealous of you, get new ones! Fire the old ones! People sell bad things sometimes.  It happened to me. I want my children to have friends that inspire them to achieve more, whom they can trust and most of all, ones they respect.  According to Marcus Buckingham, besides having a stable home life, the most influential group of people growing up are friends during your youth.  Their perceptions of you shape you as a person.

At SalesBy5 we practice a core value:  follow your heart, it will not lead you astray.  What’s your heart telling you about your life?

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Tyler Sorrells
Tyler Sorrells

Man, you hit the nail on the head. Something else about friends that I'm realizing, not only do they influence you in the here and now but the behaviors you adopt to 'suit them' has a long shelf life.


So, my daughter has had a few issues with a few friends. She is 8 years old. In talking about it, she did not get what I was saying so i asked her to read this blog post. She did and quickly said that she understood now why the right friends are so important and that I was right, but most importantly why I was right. I will now be sharing this blog with my daughter!