“You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn
Really? Many use this and like quotes as if they are Devine truth spoken by Deity. Don’t buy these trite idioms.
Before I get hate mail, I know spirited, go-getters can revitalize you. Equally, whiny victims can get you down. But…
NEWS FLASH – you have agency. You’re not the average of others. Whatever your situation or friends, you determine your future. You choose your dreams and actions whether you hang with the moving, or miserable.
If you have weak scruples, then you’ll be swayed by those around you. However, if you have integrity, those around you are irrelevant. Did Nelson Mandela become the average of those in prison? Gandhi? Mother Teresa? Dr. King?
What if one of my 5 is my childhood best friend. He loses his job; his wife dumps him, and he starts drinking heavily. Do I say, “Hey bud, I can’t be around you? You’re a negative influence.” Maybe, I volunteer at a food shelter serving the homeless. “Sorry losers, I can’t help anymore. Y’all are dropping my average.”
When I become the “average” of any group, look up because pigs are flying.
*Note* I didn’t know Mr. Rohn. My gripe is how quotes like this are used as if they are a sacred truth. They are not!
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Art has also served as executive vice president of business development and strategic initiatives for First-Source; CEO and founder of Echopass Corporation (the world’s premier contact center hosting environment, which was acquired by Genesys for about $110 million); CEO of Sento Corporation; and managing director and VP of European business development for Sykes Enterprises.
Art is a widely-published author of methodologies for BPO/contact centers, outsourcing, customer service, and technical support, and has served in leadership positions at Hewlett-Packard, VLSI Research, and RasterOps.