Work hard. Face your fears. Step outside your comfort zone. There’s no shortage of mantras or tactics on how to be successful, but day in and day out, people find comfort in surrounding themselves with familiar people who are already there, rather than striving to grow and nourish relationships with awesome mentors.
Think about it for a second, as Jim Rohn said–
You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.
Bums hangout with other bums. If you happen to be a billionaire named Warren Buffet, your circle is filled with other billionaires. So when your homie Mark Cuban makes a quick $100 million on a company that he just flipped, it’s normal. His thought process may be foreign to us, but it is shared knowledge between Mark and Warren.
This goes to show that your perception of reality is merely a result of who you surround yourself with. The key to constant growth is to strive to always be at the bottom of the five. Or, in other words, if you’re the smartest person in the room then you’re in the wrong room.
With that said, one of the fastest ways to make strides in living a fulfilled and prosperous life is to invest your time in building relationships with mentors who’ll help you rise to the top. Over time, as you continue to improve the caliber of mentors in your life, you’ll soon become the one who’s sought after. Here are six hacks I’ve used to accelerate my growth and prosperity: