Best-selling Author and Entrepreneur Jim Rohn’s theory is we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with. This relates to the law of averages which is the theory that the result of any given situation is the average of all outcomes. Entrepreneurs and successful people know that in order to increase our wins, we must also increase our losses.
Let’s put Rohn’s theory to a test. Get a sheet of paper and turn it horizontal (landscape for the geeks out there). Now, draw 5 columns. At the top of each column, write one name for each column of the 5 people you spend the most time with.
Next, under each name write Greatest Strengths. Number vertically 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Make a dotted line across the page under each ‘5.’ Under the dotted line, write Weakest and again number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Draw a dotted line. Under the dotted line, write LifeStyle and again, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
For each person, list what you feel are their Greatest Strengths. Next, under Weakest, list what you feel are areas they may not be as strong in. These do not need to be weaknesses or qualities they need to acquire, but rather are areas where they are not as strong as their greatest strengths. Finally, under LifeStyle, write 5 attributes of the life they live. Are they married? Kids? Home Owner? Happy in their job? Good income? Educated? Successful?
Take a few moments and compare each category across the page. Are there any common characteristics of the 5 you associate with? Are those your strengths or weaknesses? Do they reflect the lifestyle you embrace?
Now, flip the paper over and put your name at the top. List what you think those 5 may say about you? And, if you are so inclined, ask them to do this exercise on you. Does your 5x5x5x5LS (5 friends x 5 strengths x 5 weaknesses x 5 LifeStyle) match up?
bart is a nationally known, sought-after motivational speaker, author, blogger, personal coach, trainer, entrepreneur, and major advocate of the theatre community.
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