Our surroundings and daily interactions have a far deeper impact and influence on our growth than we expect them to. The people we meet, work with and share meals with, directly influences our growth trajectory and moulds our thought processes.

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn

I recently met with someone who had changed dramatically over the course of the last 5 – 7 years. In my opinion this change is a direct result of the university program he went to and the company he has kept at his new employer. Subconsciously, when you start to spend greater amounts of time with high performers and well read individuals, your outlook on many things changes for the better.

This lesson is critical for everyone who wants to or is in the process of building a company. The first couple of people you bring onto your team will not only have a huge impact on you and the success or failure of your venture, they will also have an equally large impact on your growth as a person. When you interview people for roles early on, ask yourself the question whether the person you want to hire is someone you would want to be in the 5 people you spend the most time with. This litmus test will help you make better decisions especially in borderline situations.