You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. – Jim Rohn
This quote explains so much. It explains why I was so unambitious and unassertive in my highschool years. I only hung out with those type of people.
I can't say this was intentional but I later stopped hanging out with those friends completely. The bad thing is that I didn't spend time with new people, so I more or less stayed the same.
It wasn't until this year that I finally latched onto new people - ambitious and assertive people. I'm really starting to see a change in me as a result. This blog is proof of it, since it wouldn't exist if I didn't see those people doing it.
Another piece of evidence is how much better a runner I am as a direct result of running with people that are way better than me.
For better or for worse, attitudes are contagious, which is why it's crucial to be around the people with the attitude you want for yourself.
Now that I've experienced it, there is no denying that you can shape who you are and what you become by changing the people you choose to spend your time with.