Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Small minds discuss other people, average minds discuss events and great minds discuss ideas.”
Dr Nido Qubein said, “Who you spend time with is who you become.”
Jim Rohn said, “You are the average of the five people around you.”
So who do you spend time with and what do you talk about? Personally, I spent last Friday hanging out with this bunch of legends.
We all attended the Platform Professionals day long session arranged by the Professional Speakers Association.
To attend you have to be a Certified Speaking Professional.
This is not an easy designation to achieve. You have to prove you have the Expertise, Eloquence, Enterprise and Ethics of a professional speaker.
Not everyone passes the test because we don’t just accept anyone.
The kind of people in the room have spoken all over the world, published many books and other products, spoken in front of audiences of 20,000 people as well as continued to make sure they spend time with their families and friends.
The ideas we spoke of have generated a significant to do list for my business but everyone learnt something different.
There is a power in mixing with amazing people – whether it be face to face, reading a book or listening to a podcast. Too often we settle for a smaller, lesser place in the world. Can I urge you to play it bigger?
Can I suggest that you track down some people who you admire, buy them lunch and discuss ideas with them. Maybe even ask to have a 20 minute phone conversation. Sure they could say no, but what if they say yes?
So who do you spend time with and what do you talk about?
PS It you want to spend time with some fabulous people and kick off your 2016, join us for the weekend retreat at the end of January. You can see the details here.