Who You Hang With

 “If you hang around with losers, you will end up a loser.”   Your mother was right.  The people you surround yourself with matters.  Study after study remind you of this. I was reminded of it this past week when I got the chance to speak to the Imagen Brands team at their National Sales Meeting.  From the moment I got to the event, I could sense the positive energy of the group…even after a long day.  Dana Zezzo and his team not only welcomed me to the event, but also seemed eager to attack the 2018 sales year.   That type of attitude is contagious. It’s a great reminder for any entrepreneurs, salespeople or leading organizations.  We need to be mindful of those we surround ourselves with.  If you surround yourself with people that lift you up and inspire you, it helps you make that “one more call.”  It also helps you think creatively when you are faced with challenges (and we all will be).  And let’s face it, that group is much more fun to celebrate wins with!  They are excited for your successes! Conversely, the “negative” mindset can rub off too.  If you are constantly around people who complain, you are likely to fall into that habit too.  And in my experience, this type of person is not excited when you succeed, because they think it diminishes them.   As Wayne Dyer once said, “You can’t create abundance from a scarcity mindset.”  But what if you can’t select those you work with?  I get it.  Sometimes those around you are selected for you.  But you can “cheat” the system.  Select people to listen to and read that inspire you.  You can do that with blogs, podcasts, books and more.  Here is a short list of just a few of those people for me.   In the meantime I might start to look to hang out with some of the team from Imagen Brands.  They welcomed me into their meeting and got me excited about what’s to come in 2018.  And those are the kinds of people I want around me all the time! Make sure you never miss an update!  Sign up for our VIP newsletter here for content, specials, and more.

Written by: Kirby Hasseman

Kirby Hasseman is the CEO of Hasseman Marketing & Communications. Kirby hosts a weekly Web show called Delivering Marketing Joy where he interviews business leaders from around the country. Kirby has published four books. His most recent is “Fan of Happy.” His book, called "Delivering Marketing Joy" is about doing “promo right” and is perfect for people in the industry and customers. He also wrote “Think Big For Small Business” and “Give Your Way to Success. All are available on Amazon.