Something I’ve learnt recently is that you should be careful believing things from certain people. We go to school and we’re manufactured by society to listen to authority; parents, teachers, police officers - we’re led to believe they’re right. Because they’re authoritative, right?
As you get older you begin to realise how crucial it is to pick who you surround yourself with carefully.
One of the major things I’ve learnt recently is how important it is to only listen to successful people. The other day, a journalism lecturer at the university I’m about to attend discouraged me from pursuing a career in journalism by saying you only get paid ‘peanuts’ and if you want money you should go elsewhere. I’m not at all money driven but I’m not wanting to struggle to make ends meet. Then I asked myself “why am I listening to someone who isn’t my vision of a successful journalist?” He may be someone else’s vision of success, but he isn’t mine.
It also goes for anyone who tells you you can’t do something when they’ve never attempted it - why waste your time listening to someone who isn’t successful and doesn’t know what it takes to be successful? That’s like asking someone who’s never studied medicine how to carry out an operation.
I give a lot of credit to how I’ve become successful in my current mental state to the people I surrounded myself with who were my vision of successful, positive people. I paid close attention to their character and traits which I learnt from and helped me develop a positive outlook in life and become a happier person. Anyone who wasn’t
and brought me down, I stopped listening to because they weren’t my idea of a happy successful person and weren’t going to enrich my life.
The truth is, the only worth people to really focus, observe and listen to are the ones who embody success and exude those characteristics. Those people are the ones who teach you the most valuable lessons in how to carve the path to get to who you want to be.