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This weekend I took my son to college. On our drive, I offered him two thoughts that I thought were meaningful…thought I’d share them with you.

First, choose your friends wisely.

It’s been said you will become the average of your five closest friends. Your income will be the average of your five closest friends. Your intellect will be average of your five closest friends and you will be judged by the world by who you associate with. This is true at work and in life too.

Second, it’s not (just) the big decisions we make in life that matter, but the little ones in critical moments.

It’s the 5 second decisions that can impact our lives every bit as much as the decisions where we have days and weeks of time to decide. Make good decisions in the moment.

How, you might ask? He asked. The answer is "values." When you know your values, all decisions become easier because you have “pre-determined” your path before you get to the moment of decision. You’ve set your course in advance. Here’s a thought:

  • Grab a journal and google “list of values”
  • Choose 10 values that resonate with you
  • Order them in most important to least important of the 10
  • Ask yourself, is this the right order? What needs to change in this list to become the person I want to be?
  • Rewrite your new list in order and read it from time to time. 

This process helps us all make better decisions in the moment.

Please feel free to share this with anyone who you know. All my best.

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