So says top blogger and Microsoft people’s hero, Robert Scoble recently.
“One of my most memorable conversations…was with Buzz Bruggeman, CEO of ActiveWords and a good friend. He told me to hang around people who are happy. And I realized I had been listening to too many people who were deeply unhappy and not bringing any value into my life.”
Ask yourself: Is that happening to you? Do you remember a time when you were feeling fine, and then you talked to someone, and you ended up less happy?
Life is short, too short to hang out with people who are unhappy and make you unhappy, too. Let them find others who are unhappy and they can all hang out together in unhappyville.
The Buddha recognized clearly “right association” 2500 years ago. Religious scholar Huston Smith wrote:
“No one has recognized more clearly than the Buddha the extent to which we are social animals, influenced at every turn by the ‘companioned example’ of our associates, whose attitudes and values affect us profoundly.” –Buddhism, a Concise Introduction
Look around you, upline, sideline, friends, family or colleagues. Who is happy and adds to your life? Who brings out the best in you?
Associate with such a person, and limit access to the rest.