I Collect The Best Thing Anyone Can Collect
I have never been a real collector. When I was a kid, I collected baseball cards, a lot of baseball cards. I cashed in on them at the height of the baseball card market, shortly after I got married. I traded them to get my basement finished, pretty good deal. Since then, I haven’t been too nostalgic about anything, at least not anything physical. However, I realized my entire life I have been a collector of something very rare and priceless. People compliment me on my collection all the time. I believe it is the best gauge of a person’s character. I constantly stress to my three sons and all my employees that they should collect the same thing I do. What I collect are rare people in my life. The key word is rare, for I am extremely choosy on whom I collect. I collect relationships with uncommon, loyal, unique, high moral, genuine, and most importantly POSITIVE people.
If I Am Judged By The People I Surround Myself With, I Am A Champion
I want to be guilty by association. For the success I have had, I attribute 100% to the collection of relationships I have. From my friends who I spend the most time with, my mentors, my managing partners & leaders in my businesses, our long-term employees, customers who have become more than just business associates, close family members, my sons, to my significant other. Every one of them embodies the list above.
You Are The Average Of The Five People You Spend The Most Time With
If that statement bothers you, do something about it, personally and professionally. Everyone you spend time with influences you, either negatively or positively. True friends are those who really know you but love you anyway. Life is just relationships, the rest is just details. The most important aspect of life is focusing on building relationships and trying to make people’s lives better.
How do you find such incredible people to build relationships and surround yourself with? By attracting them. In order to attract them, you need to have a ‘Give More’ mentality. Just Give More! To everyone you come in contact with. Today, people are so skeptical and reluctant to do for others until the other side does what they promised. And then typically we do only what we promised, no more, a deal’s a deal. Give More to your boss, your company, to your customers, more than the agreement said. Give More to your employees, potential customers, customers that choose not to do business with you, customers who didn’t resign, your vendors, community. Give More to neighbors, friends, significant others, family. Watch this one-minute video of what Give More means.
The act of surpassing what is expected without any thought of retribution.
To the rare unique people who have graced me with being a close relationship in my life, I am so thankful for you. I owe you more than I can ever repay you. But I will continue to try for the rest of my life. You have made my life significantly better. Thank you!
Happy Thanksgiving! Be thankful for all the people in your life who make you a better version of yourself.