Who Do You Know and What Are You Reading? 2 Keys to a Successful Future

Yesterday, as I was rambling through Half-Price Books, I found a book that is a tribute to Charlie “Tremendous” Jones. I immediately picked it up, flipped through the pages, and bought it.

tremendousCharlie “Tremendous” Jones was a speaker and author who passed away a few years ago. As I was flipping through the book I was reminded of one of my favorite quotes and probably the one he is best known for, “You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” What a powerful quote.
“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” We are typically the average of the 10 people we spend the most time with. Tony Robbins says that every individual is a direct result of the expectations of their peer group.

With that in mind, surround yourself with people who are where you would like to be. First of all, if you want to grow spiritually then get involved with a healthy, growing church. That is one of the main reasons Jesus established the church so we could help each other grow (Ephesians 4:11-15).

However, in any endeavor, who you surround yourself with will help determine your success or failure. This is why recovering addicts cannot rejoin the same group of people they were drinking or doing drugs (or whatever their addiction may have been) with. The people you hang around the most will determine your success or failure in life.

tremendous2This is why, as an emerging speaker, I am a part of the Kentucky division of the National Speakers Association. I get to learn from those who are better than I am. If you want to get better than you are, at whatever you do, you must hang around people who are better than you. It may not be comfortable, but it is more comfortable than not reaching your goals.

tremendous4As a life coach, I am a part of the International Christian Coaches Association. I also have attended the American Association of Christian Counselors World Convention numerous times to be a part of their life coaching track where I get to meet the best and the brightest in Christian life coaching and leadership coaching. This year I get to tremendous3present my “Coaching Different Personality Styles” (similar to my “Great Minds Think Together” program)  to fellow coaches from all over the world at this conference. I love being a part of this group of people.

Let me also touch on the other half of Charlie “Tremendous” Jones’ quote “the books you read.” If you want to be closer to reaching your God-given potential in five years you must become a reader. Leaders are readers! Become a life-long learner!

First of all, if you want to grow spiritually you must read the Bible on a regular basis. Learn to love God’s Word. It is literally a love letter from God to you.

Secondly, read books that pertain to what it is you do or want to do. As a speaker and coach, I frequently read books about coaching and speaking. As a husband, I read books about marriage. As a dad, I read books about parenting. If you want to be better at something five years from now than you are today then read good books about that subject.


“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” –Charlie “Tremendous” Jones

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