This post was most recently updated on May 25th, 2018
You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. – Jim Rohn.
Above quote by Jim Rohn suggests that who you are is shaped by the five people with whom you spend most of your time.
Have you ever wondered with whom you spend most your time?
Is it with family, with co-workers, or friends outside of your work?
Your life will be shaped according to the combined beliefs and values of those five people.
It doesn’t matter what your dreams are or what you want to accomplish. If the people that you are surrounded by doesn’t help you elevate your level, you will stay where you are.
So how to decide with whom to spend our time? This is a tedious process. I also understand that you don’t have time to figure out all these.
I tried to find such people and failed. I was frustrated.
I was about to give up and ready to spend my time with those people who had given up on their dreams.
But then I came across an interesting theory by Tai Lopez.
Tai is an advisor to over 20 multi-million dollar businesses.
He developed an amazing theory called the Rule of 33.
Rule of 33 suggests that for a greater growth, you should divide the people you spend your time with into three parts.
Here’s the video in Hindi where I explained the rule of 33 in detail.
33% of the time with people below you.
Whatever you know in life till date, someone is yet to know.
So it is obvious that somewhere, somehow, someone is looking exactly for what you have to offer.
This is the time you should spend advising or mentoring someone. They will look to you as a mentor and make you feel good about yourself.
Also, by teaching others, you’ll learn and know yourself better.
Teach these people whatever you know.
33% of the time with people on the same level as you.
These are mostly your friends and your co-workers.
These people have their goals same as yours. These are the people you love to hang out with because they make you feel good.
33% of the time with the people above you.
These are the people who have already reached a level you want to reach.
Reaching these people is difficult. But not impossible.
They are always ready to help those who provide enough value.
They will make you uncomfortable.
But that’s how you’ll grow.
Learn as much as you can from these people.
In order to succeed fast, you have to spend your time in equal proportions with all three kinds of people.
People who generally spend time with only one category of people don’t succeed fast because they don’t teach and learn from people below and above them.
But when you do all three, you naturally elevate your game.
Now it’s your turn to apply the rule of 33.
Have you selected all the three types of people in your life?
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