You can pick your friends.  But rarely can you pick your boss, your co-workers, or your clients.  Yet these are the people you are surrounded by most of the time.  You cannot control how they act.  However, you can control how much you allow these individuals to influence you.

Will you let the grumpy client who rudely orders you around affect your outlook on life, or will you be able to move past his bad attitude and have a positive and productive day?

Are you going to let your poor performing colleague determine the quality of your work, or are you going to stick to your own high standards and lead by example?

Will you allow yourself to be impacted by your manager’s continuous negative comments, or the new hire’s refreshing and positive outlook on life?

Who do you let influence you?  The decision is yours.  When you make the decision to be influenced by the positive, productive and high-performing individuals in your life – instead of those who could drag you down with their negativity and bad attitude – you make a large step toward becoming a valuable role model for others (and a much happier, inspired individual).


There comes a time in your life, when you should walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You should surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right and pray for the ones who do not. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.


Keep leading from the front!