Guilty by Association

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by BG Jenkins

We used to tell our children to choose their friends wisely, so when is it that you want to be guilty by association?

 

My answer would be, when it’s mutually beneficial to all parties.  You hear guilty by association in the negative sense because of the word guilt, so to justify it here,  let’s turn it around.  Are you guilty of working hard?  Are you guilty of doing your best?

 

Pretend that you have just made it onto a world champion olympic team. Now, how would that association be for you?   Your morale would go up.  You would be willing to put in more effort, go the extra mile, and take on the extra tasks that you need to be a champion.

You are inspired.  You are elated…and you are willing to work your fingers to the bone to make it happen.  Your passion is ignited, you are on fire, and want to spend every moment in that association of excellence. To learn what they know, to do what they do, and to breathe the same air.   Can’t you feel your heart racing?

Just surrounding yourself with champions can strengthen your mindset.   You start to think like them, imitate them, and learn to do what it takes to be successful. Even if we weren’t talking about being a gold medal winner on an olympic championship team, being associated with people of greatness can be a win-win for all.

Maybe you just want to be the best at what ever you do.  Maybe it gives you a sense of satisfaction for a job well done.  Diligence is a characteristic of a champion, and champions reap the rewards for their efforts.

Are you guilty of associating with the right people?

 

Even the Bible talks to us about our associations:

“Do not be mislead: Bad company corrupts good character.”

– 1 Corinthians 15:33

 

 

So if “bad company corrupts good character,”  what does good company do?

 

They say that you are the sum of the five people that you spend the most time with.  So what is that saying about you?  What is that saying about your business?

 

Let’s turn guilty by association around, and use it as a tool.   If you aren’t getting the results that you want, or the leadership that you need, then who are you hanging around with?

 

I’m not saying “snub” people,  just associate closer with those that you want to learn from; those that you want to emulate.

 

Do you want to be known as a person of excellence!

So, are you associations good?

Live with this, and learn from it, good or bad…

You are guilty by associaton.

 

 

 

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BG Jenkins

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BG is a wife, mother of 2, grandmother of 3, and a former realtor living in South Texas. Her current ventures are in the area of affiliate marketing, writing, and spending time with her family.

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BG is a wife, mother of 2, grandmother of 3, and a former realtor living in South Texas. Her current ventures are in the area of affiliate marketing, writing, and spending time with her family.

10 thoughts on “Guilty by Association”

  1. “Guilty by association”. I love that…I never thought about that phrase in that way! You are so right that who you surround yourself with really does affect you. I always say, “you are who you hang out with”. If you had negative people around you, it could easily turn your sunny disposition into a gloomy one. The same goes for leadership skills and being successful. You should keep the company of the people who you would like to be like. Great article!
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