Why Jim Rohn is wrong – ‘You’re an average of the five people your spend most of your time with.’

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

Motivational speaker, Jim Rohn, is often attributed to this impactful quote.

He goes on to elaborate on why the five people that you spend most of your time with, determine your success.

This is quite a dramatic statement! Although, it does stand to reason.

It’s why teenagers often find themselves doing the wrong kind of things once they start hanging out with a bad crowd.

And it’s probably the reason why you like overpriced mashed avocados on toast on a Saturday morning.

The people you hang around with the most tend to rub off on you.

You start to like the same things, do the same things and even start to believe the same things.



According to Jim Rohn’s logic, in order to be successful, you need to start hanging around with successful people.

The most influential and successful people in the world tend to surround themselves with other driven people that they trust.

But, what do you do if, like the majority of the population, you don’t have a handy group of billionaire entrepreneurs hanging around waiting to start a Friday night drinks club with you?

If I were to believe Jim Rohn’s theory, I would now be a culmination of 20% compulsive shopper, 20% school teacher, 20% 60 year-old-man, 20% cat and 20% Instagram addict.

But yet, I am not any of those things (OK, I admit, I am a slight Instagram addict).

What’s the catch? Why aren’t we actually an average of the five people we hang around with the most?


As of 2018, we spend 18 hours a day consuming media! Jim Rohn is wrong!

We no longer have time to be a product of the people we hang around with, actually even talk to anyone anymore, we’re too busy on our phones.

His theory is sadly outdated, human beings no longer spend the majority of their time socializing.

Instead. we are all living increasingly more isolated lives, with only the internet for company.

We wake up and check our phones, commute and check our phones, work and surf the internet, go home and watch Netflix, oh and check our phones, go to the toilet and yes, you guessed it, check our phones.

We are being brainwashed by conglomerates; drip fed the exact news and content that they want us to absorb so as to buy the products they are selling.

Luckily, though we can use this to our advantage as long as we are conscious of the type of media we choose to consume.


Instead of mindlessly scrolling through Instagram, or allowing YouTube to continuously play videos, taking you deeper and deeper into an obscure black hole of on the internet. Why not purposefully choose to watch an educational interview or follow a well-known motivational activist on Instagram?

I love to read positive, self-help books like Solve For Happy or The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A Fuck, both incredible books that completely changed my outlook on life.

But, books aren’t enough to keep you motivated and happy for the rest of your life.

It needs to be a constant delivery of positive, inspiring media that you allow into your conscious stream.

Look for motivational TED talks on YouTube, listen to Happiness Podcasts, watch upbeat movies, start reading more, unfollow any Instagram profile that doesn’t make you feel good and start to follow more positive accounts instead.

Personally, while I’m working, I don’t like listening to the depressing news filling my mind with negativity.

I like to listen to inspiring Audible books. Even if I’m not giving 100% attention, my subconsciousness is absorbing the positive messages from the books.

Cut out all the negativity from your social media.

Make a conscious decision to only allow positive, happy influences in your media consumption.

These acts will add up and you will be able to create a positive environment around you. No billionaires needed.


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