As Humans, we are very much a part of the nature and nurture mentality.
We can be a product of our upbringing and our surroundings.
As children growing up, our parents tried to instil the foundation and qualities that they wanted us to have to grow up to be good and kind human beings.
They tried to ensure we had a good home life, a good education, and a good circle of friends to keep us grounded and motivated.
A lot of the times when younger students start getting in trouble, one of the first places people look is at their outside influences and the people the choose to surround themselves with.
At the same time, they’d notice that the ones hanging out in study groups and engaging in after school activities and academics, they would be getting further ahead and becoming positive influences around their communities.
These lessons learned as children and the foundations that have been built, are still very much true as adults.
In higher education, we tend to do better when we stick with groups that are more focused and centred on their educational goals.
If our inner circle spends their times focused on their work and the task at hand, the more likely we are to follow suit.
If we have less people trying to pull away from this circle and bring attention to things that aren’t necessary, we are more likely to continue the trend of keeping on task and maintaining our own focus.
After post secondary and all of our schooling, when we’re looking for jobs we tend to gravitate towards those that would potentially follow the same career path.
If we’re looking for trades, we try to immerse ourselves with those in the field.
Not only so that we are hopefully more successful in boosting our own careers, but also because those in that area are more understanding of the demands brought on by that sort of work.
And this applies to any field. Policing, security, teachers.
If we surround ourselves with those with similar interests, not only might this help us boost our careers, but it provides us a circle of like minded individuals in which to brief and debrief on all of the inner workings of that field.
Being around people that understand your field and area of work provides motivation, comfort, and a circle of people that understand for the most part you how feel at the end of the day.
By taking control of those that you surround yourself with and chose to spend your time with, you can be hugely affecting your life and the trajectory of your path.
The more in line with your views and goals that your peers are, the more likely you are to continue towards the path of success.
The quicker you are more likely to reach your goals.
And the more likely you are to help others reach theres.
If you’re constantly surrounded by negativity and neigh sayers it becomes very hard to find the positive side of everything sometimes. The darkness of those around you can be a heavy burden to carry.
While building your ‘A Team’ of friends doesn’t guarantee future success, it will certainly in the very least help keep your morale boosted.
You will have a group that understands your role, understands your foundations, and is like minded in their missions, beliefs, and goals.
You can take comfort in knowing that on the days where you have struggles, you have others to help pick you up, dust you off, and set you back on course.
And on the days where you feel like you have more to give, you have a circle to give back too.
Who’s in your circle?
Guest Blogger Rayna Davies
Rayna Davies is a graduate and practitioner of Business Management. She has developed an expertise in blogging, covering subjects like travel, world events and security. Having grown up with a father who has developed an expertise in Physical Security and Executive Protection in the RCMP and two major corporations, she has personally observed and experienced many security details. These experiences have included personally meeting HM Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Jean Chretien and many celebrities. She presently assists Sentinel Security in Executive Protection workshops and guest blogging and also assists Gloprosec Preventative Services in Intelligence gathering and Business Administration. Her passions include World travel, having visited every continent.