The Power of Association

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09th December, 2022

At a recent Alumni Meet, all attendees were asked a question, “What do you regret the most about your college experience?”

You know what they all said? I wish I had met more people.

They all said the same thing completely independently of each other.

But you know what my biggest regret from college was ?

Not meeting more people.

Sometimes we can know the right answer and still make the wrong choices.

Always try and be associated with people who are good at heart, who question you, who push you higher, who are honest with you and give you honest feedback.

Swami Vivekananda gives a beautiful explanation on Association.

 Explaining the meaning of ‘Association’. He said:

“The rain drop from the sky: If it is caught in hands, it is pure enough for drinking. If it falls in a gutter, its value drops so much that it can’t be used even for washing the feet. If it falls on hot surface, it perishes.

 If it falls on a lotus leaf, it shines like a pearl and finally, if it falls on an oyster, it becomes a pearl. The drop is the same, but its existence and worth depend on who it associates.”

Jim Rohn, renowned businessman and personal development guru, said you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with, and that means everyone in your life counts.

Whether you want to become fit, build a business, or have a better mindset, you need the right people around you.

If you want to move forward, start with an audit of your circle.

Replace or limit the negative people in your life with those who will help you grow.

You need to associate with people who inspire you, people that challenge you to raise higher, people that make you better.

The power of association influences what and how you think, speak and do.

If you want more in life, surround yourself with those who push you further along the journey.

Spend most of your time with people that challenge you to grow and stay blessed forever.