You Are What You Consume

A quick thought for this morning…

bill-gates-warren-buffett-playing-bridgeJim Rohn said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” and this got me to thinking. If we are the average of 5 then that means we consume and represent the ideas and actions of the average experience of 5+1, because I must put myself into the conversation. A former Yahoo director, Tim Sanders, said, “Your network is your net worth.”

In others words, you are the composite of the people you surround yourself. Most like to have people in their peer group a little less smarter than themselves so their personal light is not diminished. The truly smart person looks for connections that are more knowledgeable and experienced than themselves so as to continue learning from those who have more to share.

Additionally, we are a product of what we consume via entertainment, sports, books, and every other category you can think of. What you spend most of your time consuming will identify you more than you know. But the person(s), sports or team we identify with has many inherent problems and issues at the individual level, and for most of us we do not agree with their acceptance of life.

This makes me wonder exactly about the peer groups we tag into. How much are they influencing us? Or how much do we influence them? I’m thinking about Bill Gates and his first meeting with Warren Buffett. Both fabulously wealthy, and both with a great business mind that solidifies their positions as some of the most wealthiest people in the world. What draws them to each other? Surely they don’t share experience and knowledge to each other in a way that influences the other on how to make more money?

No. They play bridge together.
Bill learned as a child,
but Warren challenged him to play as an adult,
and in tournaments!

True. They rub their knowledge off on each other, and each has a different history and age group they identify with, but they probably have only a few others in the world that fit their personal world.

I was thinking about Jesus and what drew his 12 followers (disciples) close to him. Each one was below him in knowledge, background, and experiences. Yet each follower must have felt restless about the conditions around them and what they could offer to the world. In other words, each of the 12 were searching for something they could “buy” into and commit themselves to. Jesus was there at the right time to encourage them to follow him.

I wonder how many others failed to follow when he asked them to? Surely Jesus was looking for willing hands and minds, but I suspect he also needed specific individuals to fill out the team he would lead.

And as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him. (Mark 1:16-18 NKJV)

Notice! 11 English words and they left everything to follow him! Their peer group was 12+1 (themselves), and it was not an easy ride. Jesus knew he had only 3.5 years to prepare them to be leaders, and that theirs would be an almost thankless job in the crucible of politics. Not only would they battle their own clans, but the conquering nation would challenge them to the very last breath of their life.

But their rewards were out of this world! And maybe that’s the problem we have in surrounding ourselves with humanity. Peer groups, networks, mentors,¬†… whatever you want to call it, most of our surrounding influences have only this world in mind. Perhaps we need these to keep our feet grounded in reality, but there is something more we live for than a reward system that is short lived.

Think about it the people you are most influenced by, versus the ones you spend the most time with. Their is a correlation. I found it. Think about it. You’ll figure it out.