Do you lift the people around you up, or do you bring them down?
“Don’t let the losers bring you down…”
When I was in 10th – 12th grade, I went to the boarding school, The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida … I wasn’t a loser.
I had no time to be a loser.
My roommate, and brother like friend wouldn’t let me…
I was led by the toughest coach in high school swimming who also wouldn’t let me be a loser…
(I am proud to say that my high school swim coach was recently, named the head coach of Team USA’s 2012 Olympic Men’s swim team)
In a word, I was “surrounded” by winners….
Which ultimately, enabled/helped lead me to achieve.
When I went the University of California….I didn’t have the same type of leadership as I had in high school.
I was used to a close, family like team … and my new one was much different to my high school team.
I had a nice guy, style of coach…and practice was easy, very easy.
My personality needed the tough type of coach, or a leader, and to be honest, I felt that I was better than everyone else which led me to take the road more traveled….and act like a loser.
Instead of living up to my talent, I became a clown.
I became a loser.
Unfortunately, my loser behavior surely brought those around me (RPS) down…
It was not until I had my accident, when I had to take a year off university to rehabilitate … that I reflected on who I was, and who I wanted to become.
I didn’t want to be a loser…
So I made a big change, and focused on positive achievement.
Just one negative influence; one negative friend can get in the way of one’s success – just like our influence can either lift up or bring down those around us.
Are you surrounded by winners?
Equally important — are you bringing those around you up…. or are you brining them down?