In this day of memes and gifs, we are inundated with quotes and motivational words of wisdom. Most of the time I read them, think they’re nice and move on. Rarely does a quote stick with me or do I think of it on a regular basis making sure I’m implementing it in my everyday life.
There is one however, that I can honestly say changed my life.
Let me back up for a minute, I am the Co-Founder of Happy Lil’ One with a full-time job (in addition to my startup), kids and a husband. To say I’m pulled in many different directions is an understatement. In 2017 I started a job that had an hour commute each way. It was rare for me to be alone for an hour straight with no interruptions and I decided I was going to try and make the most of those two hours each day.
I started listening to podcasts on my commute, these podcasts are what inspired and urged me to start HLO with my sister and they are where I heard the quote that completely changed my way of thinking. My go to podcast when I first started listening was The Tim Ferriss Show. I found (and still find) his podcast extremely interesting and a wealth of information, I especially liked how deep he dove into specifics with his guests. As you may know, Tim Ferriss is the author of The 4-Hour Workweek and many other books, as well as an entrepreneur. Many of his guests are entrepreneurs, which got the entrepreneurial bug growing in me even more.
One question that Tim asks his guests is, if you had one message you could put on a billboard to get out to the world, what would that message be? Tim’s answer always is, you’re the average of the five people you surround yourself with the most. That hit me like a ton of bricks. You’re the average of the five people you surround yourself with the most, I thought, who are my five? At first I felt frustrated, I was never going to have access to the top minds and business people, the best designers, the most spiritually awakened or the exceptionally creative. These are the people I wanted to be the average of.
Oh man, how was I wrong! We are lucky enough to live in a time where we can have the greatest minds, business people, designers, artists and the spiritually awakened available to us on demand. The answer was staring me in the face. I started looking up all the podcasts I could find about starting and growing a business, the fashion industry, mindfulness and leadership and I started building my five. It all began with Tim Ferriss’s podcast so he was in the rotation, I added Reid Hoffman (the founder of LinkedIn), GaryVee, Rebecca Minkoff and, of course, Oprah. I listen to my five daily, I can say without a doubt, excluding my husband and children, they are the five people I surround myself with the most.
I truly believe they helped me in launching my own business, growing that business, staying in the right mindset and igniting my creativity. Sometimes, depending on my needs or if a problem is seeming unresolvable I will throw other qualified experts in the mix (Lori Harder) and I seem to find a way to move through what it was I was ruminating on. It is hard to overstate how powerful it is to listen to someone who has accomplished what you’re trying to achieve and how much you can learn and implement from those people.
The best part, podcasts are free, most of our phones come with the app already installed. Who are the five you are going to surround yourself with? Happy listening!