Stop Following The Crowd

As a kid, I grew up thinking I had to be part of the popular group to be important. 
Towards the end of my high school years, I found out all that stuff didn’t matter. I didn’t need anyone to like me for something I wasn’t. 
As a college student, I wanted to be around people that had fun. 
At the end of my college years, I found out having fun in a way that doesn’t help you grow isn’t the best use of your time. 
As a young adult in the work field, I tried to get close to everyone in my first 
9–5. 
I found out that I didn’t enjoy the job and that I was settling for what everyone else is doing. I needed a change.

Here I am now, on the lonely journey of being an entrepreneur. 
Sadly, as I was growing up, I didn’t look for others that had the same mindset as I have now. 
I was following the crowd. 
Unfortunately, following the crowd only gets you as far as the crowd. 
I knew I needed to surround myself with others who were driven. 
Driven to make a change. Driven to make their dreams come alive.

I had to make a change of who I surrounded myself with. 
I couldn’t hang out every weekend with college and high school friends. 
I couldn’t go out and try to meet new girls on the weekends. 
Focusing on my ultimate goal was what I had to do. 
Every action I took had to be mapped to that. 
I found a mentor who made a million dollar business. 
Networking events with other entrepreneurs was a must. 
Visiting co working spaces was on my list.

I now know that who you surround yourself with is who you become. 
Everything you say will be about what your group represents. 
Your actions will be based off of what those around you are doing. 
The way you think will be based on who you hang out with. 
They’ll be able to influence you to do things that don’t map towards your goal. 
Those things may even set you back.

What I’m trying to get at is this. 
Stop doing what everyone else is doing and focus on what your goal is. 
The longer you wait, the longer it’ll take to reach your goals. 
Surround yourself with people who have the same goals or can help you get there.
I’m not saying it’ll be easy, but it’ll be worth it.

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