Building Community Through Better Relationships

The Power of Association

The following is attributed to Colin Powell…

The Power of Association is too real: “The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve. Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity. An important attribute in successful people is their impatience with negative thinking and negative acting people. As you grow, your associates will change. Some of your friends will not want you to go on. They will want you to stay where they are. Friends that don’t help you climb will want you to crawl. Your friends will stretch your vision or choke your dream. Those that don’t increase you will eventually decrease you.

Consider this: Never receive counsel from unproductive people. Never discuss your problems with someone incapable of contributing to the solution, because those who never succeed themselves are always first to tell you how. Not everyone has a right to speak into your life. You are certain to get the worst of the bargain when you exchange ideas with the wrong person. Don’t follow anyone who is not going anywhere. With some people you spend an evening: with others you invest it. Be careful where you stop to inquire for directions along the road of life. Wise is the person who fortifies his life with the right friendships. If you run with wolves, you will learn how to howl, but if you associate with eagles, you will learn how to soar to great heights.

“A mirror reflects a man’s face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses.” The simple but true fact of life is that you become like those with whom you closely associate – for the good and the bad. Note: Be not mistaken. This is applicable to family as well as friends”.

-Colin Powell


March 26, 2012 Posted by | Better Person | Leave a comment

Good at Names

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“Ultimately, the pessimist and the optimist are both right.”  This belief applies to the statement, “I am no good with names”. People who say this are basically right.  Well, I am good at names.  And, I am tight, too.  I regularly meet people professionally and socially who marvel that I am good at names.  Often, they quickly follow their admiration with an apology for not being good at names. So, what is the origin of my superpowers?

It all starts with a good attitude. I don’t know if I was born with it, or I learned it. But, a good attitude toward learning people’s names is the first step.  Upon meeting a new individual, or becoming re-acquainted with someone I have previously met, I want to share my good attitude. I address them with a smile and by name.  It is a matter of respect.   I use their name…

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