If I can only teach my kids one lesson, it would be to hang around with people who get shit done. Now, my kids are still young, so I am more likely to phrase it as “make friends with people who do cool stuff”. That would also give us the opportunity to talk about what cool stuff is.
Getting straight As on every report card? Yeah, that is pretty cool.
Building a model of the Eifel Tower out of toothpicks for the science fair? That is definitely cool.
Getting air on a 10 foot tall ramp with a skateboard? Also cool.
I believe that everyone can do amazing things, but unfortunately most of us don’t. Why is that? The reasons are varied, but in my life I have found that hanging around people who are doing amazing things makes me try harder to do amazing things.
This is what makes places like the Entrepreneur Center so great. By collecting a group of high-achievers all in the same workspace, it raises the bar for each person comparing themselves against their peers. It is also why some teams are way more productive than others.
The converse is true as well: Ditch the people who don’t do shit.