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Who Do You Hang Out With?

April 3, 2014

An athlete in training, who is serious about improving his game, will look to play against someone who is at least a little bit better than they are.  This upward competition forces the athlete to test his current limits and hence improve his game.  A person looking to get closer to being a Super Human, should consider this approach.

Using this approach, one should always look to “hang out with”, or befriend, someone who can help them elevate them self.  Someone they can look to as a role model.  Choose someone who is more knowledgeable, more kind and compassionate, has high moral and ethical actions, charitable, etc., etc.,…….  Choosing someone with these characteristics will and can only, over time, improve your game.

Too often, for various reasons, we associate with and continue to associate with someone who is negative, has and exhibits destructive behaviors, gossips, has and exhibits morally and ethically deficient behaviors, etc., etc., ….  Choosing someone with these characteristics will not elevate you and at best will stunt or delay your growth.  Worst case, is that it can cause you to get “down in the mud” with them.

Always strive to improve your game, to grow, and to climb your mountain.  If you are not growing, then you are getting smaller.  If you are not climbing, you are going downhill.

So now you may ask, “If everyone only hangs out with role models, why would/should a role model hang out with me”?  Simply because, a role model (a true role model doesn’t see himself as such) is always seeking to elevate himself.  Part of elevating oneself is being willing and available (not to be confused with hanging out) to assist others .  To assist others and teach or lead by example.

 “When one meets someone who conducts himself properly, the smart one should learn from him how to behave. And when one encounters someone who is the opposite of righteous, he or she must learn from that person how not to behave”.-  The Baal Shem Tov  

 “Each person must live their life as a model for others.” – Rosa Parks

“Example isn’t another way to teach, it is the only way to teach.” – Albert Einstein

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  1. April 3, 2014 12:56 pm

    Fred, as always, thanks for this wisdom…and for your commitment to being a positive influence in each of our lives…Warm regards, Capt. Kirk

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