One of my favorite quotes of all time is:
“It’s hard to soar with the eagles when you hoot with the owls.”
Another line that has stuck with me since my junior year of high school was something my football coach would say to all of his players:
”Fellas! You are who you hang with!”
The point: Your network is key!
This is a key lesson in personal and interpersonal leadership. The people you hang with, associate with, and depend on are a large reflection of who you are and what you’re all about.
A key objective of Vision 30 in 30 is to help young adults look at their personal and professional networks and recognize how the people in their life align with their passions, values, expectations, goals, and vision. It’s important to understand who can and will help you reach your goals and who won’t… who will be supportive and who will discourage.
Leadership is understanding your vision and making decisions that align with your vision. The people you surround yourself with are a major part of this decision-making process. Do they or don’t they align?
It doesn’t matter if you are the leader of yourself or the leader of a multi-thousand person organization. The people you engage with and depend on will be the difference between insecurity & confidence, frustration & fulfillment, and failure & success.
Do you want to be an eagle or an owl?
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