While at the BioSiqnature course last week Charles Poliquin said “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

Friends have more to do with behavior than most of us admit or realize.

Funny… my father said almost the same thing (the post’s title) to me over twenty years ago but in different words.

My Dad said it when I was misbehaving (most of you have no idea how big of an ass I was as a teen) and hanging out with terds.  Hence, his relating my associates to poop and its inherit smell.  Nowadays I correlate it more positive measures.  When I decided to be a business person (in the fitness and health field), I stopped drinking and partying.  More importantly, I began to surround myself with others who are health conscious, but just as important, successful.

I purposely only associate with healthy, successful people.  I don’t have much time to just hang out, so when I do, I want to be around people worth talking to.  I’ve made it a preference to only spent time with people I learn from and can benefit from just listening to them talk.

“You can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.”  – Napoleon Hill, great American thinker and author.

When it comes to reaching health and fitness goals, it is difficult to do so if the only time you are around fit people is at CrossFit Wilmington.  If all your friends eat junk, you do too.  If your friends drink, you do to.  If you’re friends are “drama queens” so are you.  You cannot be successful if all you care about is FaceBook and what others are doing…  or not doing I should say.

Conversely, if you go to dinner with three friends and each order a very healthy Paleo based meal, you are more apt to also.  If at that same dinner, your friends order water with lime slices, you will less likely to order that double Jack and Coke.

Peer pressure works.  It works both in favor and against positive improvements in life and health.  So one of the healthiest things you can do is improve the quality of your friends and associates.  A good example for me is Eric McGraw.  Eric is a successful ART Chiropractor and has much I can learn from.  I enjoy listening to him.  He taught me a few new things about structural balance rehab using bands a few weeks ago.  A few days later we had the opportunity to implement the techniques with a female client who recently switched to CFW.  Just before that, Eric asked if I had ever read any of Napoleon Hill’s work.  I have now and I am better for it.

If you’re having trouble figuring out if your friend(s) are worth being around, they probably are not.  I heard once a mature person has health insurance and an excellent credit score.  In today’s economy, the latter is hard to find, but successful, up-beat people with similar goals as yours are not.  Seek them out.



6 thoughts on “If You Roll in Sh*t, You Are Going to Smell

  1. Gregg says:

    i have read a few of Napoleon Hill’s books and heed his words. My favorite is Outwitting the Devil. It is a great read for anyone that wants to take control of their life and success.

  2. t. says:

    Duh, you smell great. It’s the perfume your fiance makes you wear… its floral, yet spicy, aromas calm my CNS.

  3. Dawn says:

    Hell yah Crossfit Wilmington. 3rd in our Regional and 10th in the WORLD!!!! We are kicking butt!! Keep it up only one more week!!

  4. Eric says:

    Tony, glad you like the book. On a separate not beat my goal of a 1:45 half marathon by 13 seconds. I would recommend pose running seminar and Tony’s endurance seminar to anyone looking to run. Thanks CFW. (My pose needs some work, but improving).

    Eric Mc Graw

  5. Jan-Michael says:

    “While at the BioSiqnature course last week Charles Poliquin said “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.””

    Oh awesome then. I spend most of my time with the people at Crossfit. (Except today and yesterday thanks disease spreading evil called ‘young children’)

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