There’s no doubt I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating: We are influenced by those we chose to surround ourselves with. So choose wisely.

When I was younger I didn’t realize I got to choose who I wanted in my life and who I don’t. Yes, I had friends who were closer than others, but there were times when I couldn’t find my way out of toxic relationships. I’m a very sensitive person and I didn’t feel good when I was around these people.

As I grew older and my voice became stronger, I was able to say no to the people who didn’t inspire me and make me feel good about myself. This changed my life tremendously.

I began to pick and choose who I spent my time with, as well as finding geniuses in their particular field that I was interested in. I would make a concerted effort to hang out with these folks until we developed a relationship. I still use this tactic to this day.

I love surrounding myself with people who are smarting than me. But, not only smarter, they help me be the best I can be.

That I never get tired of.