I’ve heard Jim Rohn’s incredibly insightful quote on a number of occasions. Each time I run across it, I have to pause — as the message is simply that powerful. Those we surround ourselves with can easily be viewed as a critical career choice; as we often absorb the outlook and passions of those around us.
Instinctively, we might apply this quote to our personal lives; quickly completing a review of our inner circle of friends and acquaintances. However, we should extend this notion to our work lives as well — as the same standard should hold there. Who do you interact with regularly? How do they influence your mood? Your level of motivation?
Those around us can affect our work lives tremendously — for the better — or for the worse.
We should all seek a group of individuals who spur us on, and help our best possible work life become a reality. Above all, the "Fab 5" should collectively have relevance to all facets of your work life. A group that would serve to serve as a powerful “career catalyst”, encouraging both exploration and excellence. The individuals may change over the course of your career. But, the roles should be remain represented.