October 8, 2021

Mélanie Boucarut

Hang around smarter people. Really?

I often read here and there that you should hang around smarter, more successful people so that they inspire you and you grow.

But if you really apply that advice, it means that the people you choose are not spending time with people smarter than them and so they are not progressing, and so in turn you are spending time with people who are not growing and so you are not growing 🤔 😅

I think it's not very useful to think of people in terms of "better" or "smarter". We all are multifaceted and we all have something (several somethings actually) to bring to the table.

I find it more interesting to ask myself whether the diversity around me is enough to keep my views challenged and broad.

Look at the 5 persons you usually share your success and challenges with: are they all in the same age bracket as you? Same gender? Same education? Socio-economic background? Nationality? Skin color? (add here whatever parameter of diversity is of interest to you)

To bring diversity in your close circle requires deliberate effort, and it takes time, just like many things worth pursuing in this world 🦄

Go and listen to Excellent Rider, the podcast where I show you how to challenge your thoughts.  It’ll bring out the smarter, more successful part of you while you’re busy building that diverse close circle.

No bad horses, only untrained riders 🐴

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