The Spirit of Right Association
By Jean Ricot Dormeus
Tell me who you spend time with and I will tell you who you are; so goes the saying. People we admit in our company or associate with influence us. They can even define us. Consider your native language and accent, the way you dress or even your nutrition habits. All of this reveals what culture or country you hail from or which social traits you are trying to copy.
Sometimes, we cannot choose the people we gravitate around, such as family or household members. However, most of the time, we determine who we want around us. Therefore, we must develop the spirit of right association.
The spirit of right association matters so much that Alexis de Tocqueville singles it out as a key factor to prosperity in America. People in America tend to associate for business ventures. Even geniuses bounce their ideas with partners who stimulate their thinking and help them with their projects.
It is hard to generate game changing ideas or embark on novel undertakings when we embrace excessive aloneness that reduces brain stimulation, or wrong associations that fosters regression.
Self development requires right associations. We must go along with people who travel in the same direction as us. This logic applies also to the books, movies or entertainment shows we expose our minds to. Peer pressure doesn't impact on teenagers only, it affects adults as well.
Whatever dream or goal we pursue, let's associate with like minded people. We will intensify our motivation and enthusiasm. We will share tips and references. And we will create large scale projects.
If you usually discuss other people business or things with your friends, take time to reevaluate your associations. Seek to gravitate around great minds that discuss ideas, because the spirit of right association will blow fair winds into your sails.
Jean Ricot Dormeus
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