I have come to realize, from experience, that the quality of the decisions you make depends on the quality of the people in your network.
As humans, we are gregarious in nature. We tend to run our ideas and thoughts by our friends and colleagues. We use them as a sound board, to discover the weight and validity of our ideas. Having received the feedback from them, we often make our decisions based on their response. If their advice is therfore good, we see set in the path of greatness; of mediocre, we have ourselves to blame.
Also, we are inspired by the people around us and those we look up to. If everyone around us is aiming high and advancing in their career, we are inspired to advance in ours. But if everyone around us is excusing themselves away and blaming the system, we become infected with the air of laxity. This ought not to be so.
What then do we do?
How can we change our environment, which is a function of the people around us and our location. We can change our environment by changing the people we hang out with, the books we read and the programs we watch on TV. We must deliberately go for gold, we must deliberately dig deeper and work towards people of quality. They will be scarce, but we must show we are ready; they will be rough, but we must show we are tough; they will be busy, but we must show we are available.
The quality of those around you greatly affects the quality of your decisions. Therefore, make effort to hang out with people of quality.
You’ll reach significance!