The most strategic decision of your life will be deciding which people you allow into your life and which you ask to leave it.
It will be which family members to be close to (and which to not).
It will be whom you choose as friends (and whom you choose to no longer be friends with).
It will be whom you choose to be in your emotional support network (and whom you choose to exclude).
It will be whom you choose to marry or partner with in life (and whom you choose to not).
It will be whom you choose to be a part of your professional network (and whom you choose to exclude).
It will be whom you choose to allow to be your boss (and whom you choose to no longer be allowed to be your boss).
It will be whom you choose to hire (and whom you choose to fire).
There is no amount of success, money, or prestige that will ever compensate for making poor strategic choices around your relationships.
This isn’t just my perspective, it is backed by empirical longitudinal data.
Just Google “Harvard 75-year Study on Happiness.”
Key Takeaway: The key to happiness is good relationships.
Most people spend tens of thousands of hours in a lifetime focusing on success, money, or prestige, and comparatively much less on the pivotal relationships in their lives.
This allocation of time and energy is more than a little sub-optimal.
Two thoughts for today:
1) How much time and energy did you devote today to your work?
2) How much time and energy did you devote today to your relationships?
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