It has been said that the average income of your five best friends will be pretty close to your income. The moral of the story isn’t to suddenly dump your friends and go try to buddy up with Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Larry Ellison, George Soros and Mark Zuckerburg or another bunch from the Forbes List. It does mean that you should choose who you look to for business advice wisely. Dave Ramsey likes to remind people not to get money advice from “their broke uncle”. If all of your friends are broke and in debt up to their ears, you might want to find some other friends to get advice from in the finance department. Find a mentor or two or three who are where you want to be! As a blogger, I don’t spend a lot of time reading blogs that get 20 hits a day. The bloggers that I tend to read have over 50,000 hits a day. (This blog averages about 2500 a day with highs into the 6-7,000 range.) I want to learn from them! I know that I am not there yet. Picking a great team of people to help make your dreams come true is important! You need friends who will challenge you to be better, not pull you down to their level. That doesn’t mean that you can’t have poor friends. I do. I also read a couple blogs that aren’t well read and are just starting out. I just don’t go to them for financial/blogging advice. If I want business advice, I pick the person with a successful business or even better someone who has started multiple successful businesses!

When I started college, I remember my mother telling me to choose my friends wisely because bad friends can lead to disastrous consequences. The advice holds true to the rest of life as well.  Oh, and if you happen to be friends with the above mentioned list of men…feel free to send them a link to this post. I would love to hear their comments!

 

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