What 5 people do you spend the majority of your time with outside your family? Are you the average of those 5 people in regards to your social and economic status, work ethic, energy and drive? Our environment has a major impact on all aspects of our life and often times it is overlooked or minimized.

The 5 people I spend the most time with are my co-workers at my office in Dublin, Ohio. I have chosen (subconsciously) 1 person in the staffing industry, 3 people in the sales industry and 1 in the health care industry.

The gentleman in staffing is the hardest worker in my group. He gets in the office every day at 8 am and leaves after 6 pm. In addition, there are many days he works after normal business hours by going to various networking events and putting on events himself.

While one of my members in sales is on the other end of the spectrum, he makes it to the office two or three days out of the week and is unpredictable with his hours. I never know when I will see him at the office and which day of the week he will be there. As for the other 3 in my group they consistently work Monday- Friday from 8 am-5 pm but rarely work extra hours. Once their day is finished at 5 they go home and end their workday.

So where do I fall? Right in the middle, I am the average of these 5! My hours and work ethic closely mirror the 3 gentleman who are here from 8:00 am- 5:00 pm Monday- Friday. I don’t work as hard as the gentleman in staffing, however, I work more consistently than my friend in sales. This relates to the law of averages, which is the theory that the result of any given situation will be the average of all outcomes.

Who are your 5 people and in your group and what is their work ethic? Are you the average of your 5 people?

* I watched Scott Dinsmore on TEDX where he was speaking about “How to find and do work you love.” During his talk he quoted Jim Rohn saying, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

** I want to thank Mark Henson for bringing Scott’s story to my attention through his weekly blog- http://sparkspace.com/blog/