Famous entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker Jim Rohn once stated that everyone is the average of the five people that they spend the most time with. Dr. Steve Maraboli was quoted saying, “If you hang out with chickens, you’re going to cluck and if you hang out with eagles, you are going to fly.” Putting those two ideas together, the people that you surround yourself with will either help you grow and build you up or wear you down and limit your success. Below are five incredibly important traits to look for in your closest friends.
Surround yourself with people that are passionate. Whether its passion for learning, helping people, a hobby, or anything, passionate people have an energy that is infectious. Passionate people will energize and help you.
Is the glass half-full or half-empty? A very simple question that has a much more profound implication. Surrounding yourself with positive people will help keep you positive. Positive people are more enjoyable to be around.
Gratitude is the best drug. It has been proven that gratitude not only improves one’s mental health but also their physical health. People that are grateful are often less angry and live happier lives.
Real friends will give you the truth, especially when it’s something that you don’t want to hear. It’s always easy for people to say the answer that they know you’re hoping they say, it’s a lot harder to give the honest answer that you aren’t looking for. A friend that always says yes and gives you compliments isn’t really helping you learn and grow.
Fun friends will be there for you when you need to laugh and smile. Spending time with a fun friend is great for your mental health as you will have a genuinely good time. Fun friends are usually excited by trying new things and having new experiences.
What characteristic do you care about the most in your friends? Which of these five characteristics is your favorite?