You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.
That saying was widely spread by the famous Jim Rohn and spread by so many others.
It’s something that is so true and resonates with me today. Look around you and see who are the people you spend the most time with.
I’ve always tried to find ways where I can have experiences that help me to grow.
Traveling is one of those things (and it will never go away).
But what about when you’re not traveling? Even if you’re a digital nomad and will call the world your home, you will have a home base for an extended period of time at some point in your life.
For many others, that home base will be much longer.
Regardless if it’s 6 months or 6 years, I’ll always be looking to grow wherever I am.
The one city that always gets my adrenaline going is none other than New York City.
There are so many cities across the world that I love, but New York City is always near and dear to me. Maybe it’s because I would visit it when I was a child living in Philadelphia and always loved it.
Now, it’s because of the hustle.
People are always trying to get to the next level. They’re always pushing forward, progressing, and getting better.
They’re making things happen.
I love solitude just as much as the next person.
But I also love drive and ambition. I always like to work toward something.
There is something to be said about quality of life and what that means for your family.
What are your priorities?
It’s ok to want to work. People find deep passion in providing good work.
Others might just want to relax on a beach somewhere.
For me, it’s about providing value while still achieving a great work/life balance. Realistically, I want to do everything.
I don’t like to be stressed, but it’s a natural part of life. I just know that the more I reduce stress, the happier I am and the happier everyone around me is. I can have freedom and provide value.
So the goal is for me to always remain composed and reduce stress while providing value, even in difficult situations.
Every time I visit New York City, I always feel encouraged to be more and do more. That city makes me feel like I can do anything.
My drive gets stronger. My confidence increases.
I’m automatically thrown into the jungle and have to figure out how to survive.
I have to communicate, learn, and grow.
When I go there, I’m not the average of 5 people. I’m the average of 5 million people. All those people working hard together to provide value to the world.
People like Gary Vaynerchuk, James Altucher, Ramit Sethi, Jeremy Jauncey, and tons of other well-known people are growing, expanding, and getting better in NYC.
One day I hope to meet them after putting in tons of work. Until then, I have to put myself in an environment that pushes me further.
If I put myself around success, I always get more driven.
I’m hoping you get driven too. It doesn’t have to be New York City. It can be anywhere in the world.
I know people who hate New York City and their opinions are valid.
Maybe you get motivated when you’re working on a beach in Bora Bora because there aren’t others around.
Maybe you prefer to work in a cabin the mountains overlooking the rivers sweeping through the trees.
Maybe you prefer being close to your family and working at the local coffee shop that makes the best cup of coffee you know.
Everyone is different. It’s just about finding what drives you further and what excites you every day.
Are you putting yourself around success?