Exposing people to words related to achievement (win, succeed,
etc.) more than doubles their willingness to keep working at an
Source: "Pre-Suasion" by Dr. Robert
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If there's one piece of wisdom I
could impart to young adults just starting their lives, it would
"The quality of your life will always be in
direct proportion to the quality of the people in your life, so
be very, very selective about who you allow in your circle of
The sad reality is that most people spend
more time choosing a pair of shoes than choosing friends,
cohorts at work, or others that will ultimately shape who they
They then take clues for what's "normal" from
the worst people possible, simply because those people are in
their circle of influence.
They get financial advice
from broke people, marital advice from people whose marriage is
more of a competition than a partnership, and life advice from
people who always make bad choices and then blame everyone but
While it’s not possible to eliminate all
of the negative people in your life, you can at least limit your
exposure to them – just as you limit your exposure to the sun.
If you want to be in awe of the person you are on
12/31/17, make a resolution on 1/1/17 to surround yourself with
higher quality people by taking this "Better People Pledge":
In 2017, I will spend LESS time around people who…
1. Never thank me when I do something for them, and
MORE around those who do.
2. Are so unprofessional that
they don’t return phone calls or emails, and MORE around those
who treat everyone with dignity and respect.
Monopolize every conversation and make it about them, and MORE
around those who know when to shut up and listen.
things I wouldn’t want my kids to do, and MORE around the kind
of people I want my kids to grow up to be like.
screw up a two car funeral, and MORE around those who can find a
silver lining in the worst possible circumstances.
only hear from when they want something, and MORE around those
who call, text, email or Facebook me once in a while just to say
7. Talk the talk but don’t walk the walk, and
MORE around those who lead by example.
8. Always put
others down, and MORE around those who always lift others up.
9. Are always looking for what they can get, and MORE
around those always looking for how they can help.
10. Expect everything and appreciate nothing, and MORE around
those who expect nothing and appreciate everything.
Are enablers that remain silent when I do self-destructive
things, and MORE around those who care enough to tell me what I
need to hear, even when I don’t want to hear it.
Take and take and take but never do for others, and MORE around
those who pay it forward.
13. Suck the life out of the
room when they walk into it, and MORE around those who make
everyone’s life better just by being a part of it.
always envious of everyone else, and MORE around those who know
how to be happy for others.
15. Are always looking for
someone to bail them out of the messes they get themselves into,
and MORE around those who practice self-reliance and personal
If you make and
Better People Pledge for 2017, I guarantee you 2017 will be so
much better than 2016 that they won’t even be comparable.
To Your Success,
If you took the Better People Pledge
last year, how well did you do at keeping it? If you let
too many negative people creep into your circle of influence, ask
yourself what you could have
done to have prevented it - and what you'll do
differently in 2017 to keep them from creeping in again.
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