We all have met people who discourage us, complain about everything and suck up our energy. Sometimes it’s our friends, co-workers or even family members.
Most people are a direct reflection of those around them. Back in the day, Jim Rohn already said that we are the average of five people we spend the most time with.
If you feel stuck, take a look at around and see who you spend your time with. You want to surround yourself with people who hold you to a higher standard than you hold yourself. One of the most prominent examples of that is Paypal Mafia. It’s a group of former PayPal employees and founders who later founded some of the biggest tech companies.
Mentioning all the members and accomplishments would take up too much space, but here are some notable examples:
- David O. Sacks: Geni
- Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, OpenAI, currently working on multiple other companies
- Steve Chen, Chad Hurley And Jawed Karim: YouTube
- Reid Hoffman: LinkedIn
- Russel Simmons, Jeremy Stoppelman: Yelp
It’s astounding, that all these people come from a single company. Besides having hundreds of millions and in some cases billions of dollars in net worth, they have helped other mega companies like AirBnB and Facebook get off the ground.
You don’t need to be part of PayPal Mafia to crush it in life, but you need to be mindful of the people you surround yourself with. Connect with people who inspire you to be better. Spend time with people elevate your thinking and energy.