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Friday, February 11, 2011

The Friendship Factor by Janet Callaway | The Natural Networker

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In an earlier post, I talked about the importance of associating with people who lift you up rather than pull you down. This is particularly important if you are a part of the social media marketing or network marketing industries.

Let me give you a few statistics, backed by research, that illustrate why your friends make a significant difference in your life.

Your income tends to equal the average of your 5 closest friends.

Your level of health tends to be the average level of health of your 5 closest friends. In fact, according to The Framingham Heart Study, if a friend becomes obese, the likelihood that you will do the same increases by 171 percent.

Your relationships follow the same pattern. According to the same study, if one of your friends gets divorced, you are 147 percent more likely to get divorced.

Your personal development, attitudes, financial health, level of success in your career, and everything else about your life will tend to be very close to the average level of each of these conditions in your five closest friends and associates.

When you look around at your circle of friends, this can be good news or bad news. If it's bad news because your friends and associates aren't happy with their lives, their careers, their relationships, then you need to make some changes. While you may still “be there” for your existing friends you need to connect with people who provide positive influence and inspiration.

Find people who are enjoying what you want in life; guaranteed they will share their zest for life and winning philosophies with you. All you need to do is show up and let them know you are one of them.

Will you do it?


  1. Janet:

    Interesting statistics. The Framingham study has gone on for over 30 years. The key point is to hang around with people who are up rather than down.


  2. Right you are, Rob. Thx for stopping by and commenting.