You Are Who You Spend Time With

Katy Montgomery

Katy currently serves as the Global Director of the Career Development Centre at INSEAD where she manages career services professionals across three campuses: Abu Dhabi, Fontainebleau, and Singapore. Katy previously served as the Associate Dean for Student Development at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

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You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.

Jim Rohn

When I was a rising teenager, my mom often told me “you are the company you keep.” She knew that despite my fierce independence, even I can be influenced by others. According to Betty Montgomery, if you spend time with lazy, unambitious people, you would grow up to be lazy and unambitious. Jim Rohn, an American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker, took this a step further and defined “company” as the five people you spend the most time with. Ever since I read this quote, I have been thinking about the five people I spend the most time with (outside of work). What do these people have in common? Using the law of averages what does this say about me?

Here’s what I found out. The five people I spend the most time with:

  • Live by set of values that go beyond the goals of money, fame, and success.
  • Value hard work; possess strong work ethics.
  • Believe in, and practice, humor.
  • Are engaged in the world around them.
  • Actually do what they say will do.

Who are you spending time with?

When you ask yourself this question, do you like the answer?

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