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Finding Powerful Relationships

Nov 15, 2017


Jennifer Van Cott

From a young age my mother had always told me to surround myself by people who carry a positive mindset. Today, I am incredibly thankful to be surrounded by amazing and successful individuals. Whether this is at the work place or at home, I have people who are constantly supporting me and pushing me to become the best version of myself.

For some, money is seen as a token of success in life and a measure of happiness. While there might be a fine balance here, Warren Buffett, one of the richest men on earth still lives at the same house he did 60 years ago and still frequently visits McDonalds for early morning breakfast, while driving the same old beat up car. Warren Buffet is a humble guy, who famously said, "You want to associate with people who are the kind of person you'd like to be"[1] 

Warren Buffett believes that a person should choose three different people they admire in their life, and then determine why it is exactly they admire that person. After figuring out why they admire those individuals, you can learn how to become more like them by shadowing their best attributes. Having a role model for yourself is instrumental to growing and becoming better, because we all want to be a better version of ourselves.

The people who motivate you are the ones to follow, and the people that push you down are the ones to learn from. To recreate ourselves, we must shadow the people we want to become. People are the key towards bettering yourself, because we are surrounded by them constantly in our day to day lives. From the moment we wake up, till the moment we rest our heads, we are impacted by various people that change our current selves. Our current selves have been formed through the relationships we value, and will continue to value in the distant future. Friends come and go, some friendships last years and others seem to fade away quickly. The relationships that remain intact, are relationships that align with who you are and who you want to become in the future. What I have noticed over time, is that my best friends are selfless, open-minded, and caring.

Your best friends are always there for you in your most desperate times and will offer you support you when you most need it. Surrounding yourself with these powerful people, who build you up, is infectious and promotes self growth. Strong relationships elicit a bond, a bond built upon: trust, love and support. My friends are all people I very much admire and very much want to become more like, and they push me to become the best version of myself. You can become the better future version of yourself simply by shadowing the people you admire the most. Imitating influential people in my life, has allowed me to reach my new potential - and it all started with shadowing what I perceived was excellence.

How can we learn from people and our interactions with them? For this week I challenge to better understand your own relationships with your friends, family or others, and determine how this individual has positively impacted you to becoming who you are today.
Coby, The Intern
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