Why is the Average Joe really average?

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn

Are you familiar with this quote? Good.

It is big. Here in Porto surrounded by people from all over Europe, I realized how huge this influence is. Number one language for communication is English. I’ve noticed how susceptible I actually am towards adopting phrases of others, specific words and even the tones of the conversation. It is subtle and it usually goes unnoticed until later. Great speakers take my English to different heights, the struggling ones pull it down. The influence then is nothing but remarkable.

If you realize how powerful your surroundings really are, the quote becomes somewhat scarier. Who your friends are, matters.

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