The Power of Association

“A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people” – Will Rogers

The association you keep in life will determine your accomplishment. Most of the time, what makes our children’s to succeed in their education; is not just the school they went to neither the teachings, but the friendship they keep.

Based on my research, I came across this article “Good Read Quote” by Gen. Colin Powell taking about associations. I decided to share it; I guess it will be a guide for you to choose right association. They are:

  • Don’t follow anyone who’s not going anywhere, with some people you spend an evening: with others you invest it
  • Be careful where you stop to inquire for directions along the road of life
  • Wise is the person who fortifies his life with the right friendships
  • If you run with wolves, you will learn how to howl but, if you associate with eagles, you will learn how to soar to great heights
  • The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve
  • Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity
  • An important attribute in successful people is their impatience with negative thinking and negative acting people
  • As you grow, your associates will change. Some of your friends will not want you to go on; they will want you to stay where they are. Friends that don’t help you climb will want you to crawl
  • Your friends will stretch your vision or choke your dream. Those that don’t increase you will eventually decrease you

Thus, I want to say that, the outcome of who you are, the goals you achieve, the dreams you accomplish, the destiny you fulfill, they all has its root either as a result of the associations you keep or maybe you personally. Finally, let’s look for a good association because; they will determine your accomplishment.


11 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Itodo on January 13, 2011 at 11:36 am



  2. Posted by kelly on January 14, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Your association also determines your best and growth in all aspect of your life and career.


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  4. Posted by okeoma elvis okeoma on January 28, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    the kind of people you surround yourself with on this journey of life determines how far you go..


  5. i wont forget these words


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  7. makes so much sense. thank you


  8. Posted by SK on March 26, 2012 at 10:55 am

    This real. look around and see the kind of people you associate with Vs your ideology.


  9. Posted by LILIAN on August 4, 2012 at 9:47 am



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