[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTXlWYdodnc] What would your personality be like if you hung around the 300 Spartans? For one, it would probably help eradicate every bit of wuss you have lying around inside. The other day I was thinking about how it's just as important to work on your character as it is to work on your outer appearance, and how at the end of the day, your image is useless if there's no personality behind it to communicate. Then the question arose: what are the most EFFECTIVE ways to build an attractive personality? I'm always working on some part of myself that I want to develop. Currently I'm trying to learn how to become a better storyteller. I wasn't making any progress for awhile but quickly realized that I was taking the wrong approach of trying to learn it all on my own. I didn't know what worked and what didn't, and how I could work on these traits more effectively. Through this process I was reminded that many guys are trying to become a better version of themselves, but are struggling to do so because they are spending too much of their energy reinventing the wheel instead of modeling after those who are already on the ride. Something like storytelling isn't something you can improve at by yourself. Alone, the process can be slow and full of mistakes, but by surrounding yourself with some of the best, you cut down the learning time tremendously by picking up on the crucial principles and details that only experiential success can bring. Basically, you'll be set on the path that guarantees results if you stick to it. All you have to do is follow through.

You become the average of those who you're constantly around.

Early today, I was eating breakfast and watching this commercial on television that featured a white girl, an Asian girl, and a black girl. I was busy eating my food and wasn't even watching the screen, but just by listening I could clearly make out which girl was which from their accents. The white girl had a slight New York accent that I made out in a split second (which was easy because I'm from New York), and the Asian girl spoke in a subtle, but distinguishable Asian accent, which I could tell from her slight overcompensation in pronouncing her words. The black girl had an attitude in her voice like she was from the ghetto. This has nothing to do with racial background, but more about where these people grew up. The way they talk might have nothing to do with where they are specifically from either, but the people around them. Most of the time these people have NO idea that they have these accents, but they have them because of the people they surround themselves with. The fastest and most effective way to grow a part of your personality is to surround yourself with people who already have what you want. Have you ever caught yourself acting just like the friends you hang around most? Most of this is subconscious. It might be certain vocabulary you use, the tonality in how you say a word, or even your attitude towards life. When we hang around people long enough, we inevitably move towards similar behaviors, beliefs, and ways of living without even thinking about it. Choose who you surround yourself with carefully, because they could be rubbing off on you, in both beneficial or detrimental ways. We can easily become a sponge that absorbs the behaviors of those we stay in contact with most.

The Mastermind Group

Coined by Napolean Hill, a man who studied thousands of the most successful people in the world and distilled the commonalities into the principles in the book, Think and Grow Rich, the "mastermind group" is a must for anyone serious about growth...