One of the side-effects of “you are the sum of the five people you surround yourself with the most” is catching the emotions of the other people around you. If everyone around you is frustrated or angry, you’ll tend to also feel angry. Or, at least agitated by the fact that everyone is angry around you. Even if one person near us happens to be angry, we tend to catch their anger like a bad cold. That’s right folks. Emotions are contagious. Emotions are contagious: Learn what science and research has to say about it – MSU Extension And if you are empathetic — meaning, you have a keen tune to other people’s emotions around you — you’re ever likely to catch something.
Now, this can be good and bad. Surround yourself with five negative, angry, or complaintive people, and you’ll have a hard time resisting the party (and if you do you’ll be exhausted from all the energy you burned attempting to). But surround yourself with energetic, vibrant, and people focused on possibility, you’ll start feeling that way too. I’ve got a friend, let’s call him Steve Pumpernickel. Every time Steve and I meet up, he’s practically bouncing off the ceiling with energy. And I love it. I want to absorb it via osmosis. (Too weird?) That’s not the reason I hang out with him, but it’s certainly a reason why I want to hang out with him more.
There’s often a lot we want out of life. Dreams and desires, skills and traits we’d like to create. And sometimes it feels like no matter what we do, we just can’t seem to get there. This is true. Doing is only half the job. The other half is who we surround ourselves with. We need a great team and community to elevate us (and them) to the next level (whatever that is). Surround yourself with great people doing great things, and you too will also do great things.
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Focus less on spending the least amount of time with negative people, focus more on spending as much time with great people.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing — Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1444 (draft 2)
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