If you scratch with turkeys, you become a turkey. If you fly with eagles, you become an eagle. If you surround yourself with negative people you take on their negativity. Why? Because in life we tend to absorb all the attitudes and character traits of those we mix with.
Carefully select and surround yourself with people that are optimistic, positive, who stimulate and encourage you. So surround yourself with people and books that stimulate you and encourage you to stretch yourself. Avoid those blood sucking moaners and groaners who are negative, pessimistic and miserable about nearly everything. Don’t listen to the doom merchants who transfer their own sense of inadequacy on to you by pointing out all the reasons why you are going to fail.
So at all costs – please avoid those turkeys – and fly!
I conclude with one of my favourite quotes:
“Our deepest fear is NOT that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God: your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.” – Marianne Williamson
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