As a baseball scout, I have seen many talented players over the years be influenced by poor friends they have chosen and it eventually brought them down and led to their demise. As a fellow baseball coach or scout, I’m sure you have experienced the same thing as well. I am always reminded that – The choices we make today will effect our lifestyle tomorrow.
George Washington once said; “Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.” There is an old Proverb in scripture that says: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
One of the most important things a leader can do is to surround him (or her) self with the right kind of people. I have a friend who constantly says, “The friends you choose will determine the quality and direction of your life … I couldn’t agree more!
Prior to current Atlanta Braves catcher, Evan Gattis being drafted, I read a quote by him. Evan said; “I was so wrapped up being a baseball player, I had no idea if anyone really cared about me.” Evan went on to talk about how important it is to surround yourself with good friends and relationships in your life.
Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future. Show me the five people who are closest to you and I’ll show you who you’ll be in five years. Studies show that you are an average of the five people closest to you in your life. Not happy with your life? Maybe it’s time to surround yourself with some different people.
It is impossible to fathom how different my life would be if I were not surrounded by some great people. People who are willing to tell me what I need to hear – not what I want to hear. If you are looking for a tangible way to improve your reputation, start by choosing the right friends. Remember, it is better to be alone than in bad company.
The next five years of your life are going to pass quickly. What will you become? That’s up to you. However rest assured of this – Your destination will depend on the friends you choose.
Question: What is the most important quality you look for in a friendship?