There is a proverb that I live by that says, “Do not be deceived: Bad company ruins good morals.” (1 Corinthians 15:33), which basically means that the individuals that we surround ourselves with propel us or derail us in life. Not only in our business endeavors but also our day-to-day lives. Have you ever needed advice during a life-changing experience, important decision, or advice that could make or break you depending on your choice, and after seeking out the wisdom from a close friend or relative, you come to realize it was WRONG? You ponder the decision and the outcome and find that you should have paid attention to the fruit of that person’s life’s decisions rather than the type of association. These are the moments when you recognize; a change is needed concerning the company you keep.
Another proverb that I live by is, “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” (Proverbs 13:20) I’ve found that it is so important to surround yourself with individuals who know more than you, trustworthy ones, and those headed in the same direction as you are, with the same values, beliefs, integrity, and character. Many of us want to accomplish great things in life, which means we must equip ourselves with the relationships, tools, knowledge, and skillsets needed to achieve that greatness.
Many of the tools required and much of the learning needed to succeed comes from the individuals we allow to mentor and guide us. Surrounding yourself with individuals known for making foolish decisions can not only set you up for failure when taking the wrong advice, but it can also set you up for harm just by association. Their choices can significantly affect you emotionally, financially, mentally, and spiritually. There have been times when my progress was hindered due to the company I kept and the individuals I refused to reposition in my life in seasons where I needed to create distance. It was like the blind leading the blind; we were headed nowhere and fast.
I’ve learned that no matter how lonely and uncomfortable life can be, walking alone until the right people show up is worth it. I’ve learned that clearing that space and preparing my heart and mind for the right people is not only necessary, but it is what sets me up for great success when fulfilling God’s purposes for my life. I plan to create waves in the spaces and places I inhabit and be a catalyst for change in life, especially in my relationships, work, and business endeavors. What about you? May it never be said that the company we decided to keep hindered us from the greatness we set out to accomplish.
What a powerful article. Well said…and written. Thanks for sharing your wisdom.