There’s truth to Jim Rohn’s notion, “You’re the average of the five people spend the most time with.”
We really are. The things we do, stories we tell and even the food we eat is in many ways determined by the preferences and actions of those closest to us.
Which, in turn, are determined by the preferences and actions of those closest to them, and so on, and so on.
On a macro level, this is how cultures solidify. Unless you’ve got plans to pack up and leave, you don’t have much control over the culture you’re born into.
What you do control is who within that culture you choose to admire; those you wish to emulate, those you respect, and those you grant the gift of your trust.
Trust doesn’t transfer through blood or by law. It can only be earned.
Look around. If there’s someone close to you who you don’t trust with your future – what’s wrong? What needs to change?