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The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
-- William James


Friday, October 27, 2006

What surrounds you

The things that surround you can exert a powerful influence on you. And you can use that influence to your advantage.

Surround yourself with positive influences. Let them serve as subtle and constant reminders to be your very best.

Arrange your physical environment so that it encourages and promotes focus and creativity. Choose to spend your time surrounded by things that lift you up.

Get yourself around people who will reinforce the values and goals you consider to be most meaningful. Spend time with people who challenge you to be your best.

Seek out situations that enable you to connect with and fulfill your most deeply held purposes. Learn which surroundings inspire you most, and find a way to spend time in them.

Though it is certainly possible to flourish in spite of your surroundings, life proceeds much more smoothly when your environment exerts a positive influence. Surround yourself with the best you can imagine, and it will start to get to you.

— Ralph Marston

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