Your environment will always influence your decisions. This is why it’s integral that you select settings and people who will inspire you to keep learning.
A well-known quote from Jim Rohn is that ‘you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.’
Who are those five people in your life? Do they motivate you to accomplish more, or do they tempt you to be complacent? Ask yourself if you need to find a new social and professional circle that will benefit your dreams. You may not have total control over your environment all the time, but you can make decisions that bring you closer to the right people.
These people are the like-minded individuals who share similar passions and goals. They are interested in advancing their education and using their careers to help others. It’s even better if these individuals are ahead of you in many ways because that will challenge you to reach their level.
I was in an environment that influenced me to go down the medical route. I worked in an oral maxillofacial surgery department where everyone was dual qualified. To be a maxillofacial surgeon, you need to be dual trained in dentistry and medicine. So that inspired me to be dual qualified as well.
Another reason to aim for such a circle a few steps ahead of you is because they are the individuals you can work with to get to your destination faster.
Wilfred Peterson said, ‘Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground.’
You don’t have to do it alone. If you are missing these people in your life, look for them. These are the relationships that will keep you in line with your goals and drive you to go beyond your limitations.
- Dr Ferhan Ahmed