Imagine how life would be if we said “yes” to everything that was asked of us. Of course, we all know doing so would put us under an amazing amount of strain when we finally wanted to say no to something.
Still, there actually are many scenarios where saying yes to everything makes a lot of sense. The key to this concept surrounds the quality of the company you keep. It starts at a young age, when we gather our friends and begin to find the type of circles we will run in. If your friends are grounded and do not spend much of their free time looking for trouble, you are already one step ahead. The next phase happens when you get your first job and you are surrounded with co-workers — some ambitious, some not. Which group you gravitate toward will soon determine how much success you may see early on in your working life. Next comes college for most people, and again, you’ll join a particular group or just make new friends. Over the course of that time, you will be asked to do all sorts of things, some good, some maybe a bit off the mark.
Eventually, this process leads to your career. Depending on the nature of the work you decide to pursue, it could be a flashback to your first job where you must decide which style of co-workers you will want to be around. The more ambitious they are, the greater the likelihood you will be just as driven over time to match their intensity to succeed. This could lead to all sorts of opportunities: promotions, better jobs at other companies, or launching your own business. What will likely be the foundation of you making these moves up will be your willingness to say “yes” to plenty of things that put you in a positive position.
Eventually, you’ll put yourself in a spot where you’re surrounded with the highest quality people possible. All along the way, you’ve been filtering out those that don’t align with your own ambitions. Once you get to this point, you’ll be almost guaranteed to come out on top of nearly any situation.
On this long weekend (markets are closed tomorrow for Presidents’ Day), we all have time to think about where we are in life (in terms of friends, colleagues, business, investments, etc.) and what it is we can do to make things even better than they may already be. Identify any shortcomings in these areas and make a pact with yourself to improve them. This process, in all likelihood” will involve saying “yes” many times along the way.Our 2013 Dividend Stock Guide Has Arrived!
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