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Friday, July 17, 2009

Flying with Colin Powell

My mother sent this to me. I absolutely love it. I need to take some of his words to heart.

The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve.

Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity. (How often have you done this? You know, listening to all those excuses about EVERYTHING!)

An important attribute in successful people is their impatience with negative

thinking and negative acting people. As you grow, your associates will change. Some of your friends will not want you to go on. They will want you to stay where they are.

Friends that don't help you climb will want you to crawl.
Your friends will stretch your vision or choke your dream.

Those that don't increase you will eventually decrease you. (YIKES!)

Consider this:

Never receive counsel from unproductive people. Never discuss your problems
with someone incapable of contributing to the solution, because those who
never succeed themselves are always first to tell you how.

Not everyone has a right to speak into your life. You are certain to get the worst of the bargain when you exchange ideas with the wrong person.
(Been there, done that too many times to count.)

Don't follow anyone who's not going anywhere.

With some people you spend an evening: with others you invest it. (Done that, too.)

Be careful where you stop to inquire for directions along the road of life. Wise is the person who fortifies his life with the right friendships. If you run with wolves, you will learn how to howl. But, if you associate with eagles, you will learn how to soar to great heights.
(This is definitely where dear sistergirlfriends come in!)

"A mirror reflects a man's face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses." (Take a look at your friends, what do you see?)

The simple but true fact of life is that you become like those with whom you closely associate-for the good and the bad.

Note: Be not mistaken. This is applicable to family as well as friends. love, appreciate and be thankful for your family, for they will always be your family no matter what. Just know that they are human first and though they are family to you, they may be a friend to someone else and will fit somewhere in the criteria above.

"In Prosperity Our Friends Know Us. In Adversity We Know Our Friends."

"Never make someone a priority when you are only an option for them."

"If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude."

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