"It's better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you'll drift in that direction." - Warren Buffett
Have you ever played tennis?
Play with someone worse than you, you won’t push yourself at all and play at a much lower level than you usually do. You’ll coast.
Play with an equal player, I promise your game will be boring as hell. Back and forth, you get one point, they get one point. BORING.
Play with a better player and you'll be forced to play a better game. You’ll have to move faster, anticipate their moves, and push yourself harder than you ever have before.
Think of all the highly successful business people you know, whom do they hang around with? Who do they have lunch with? Why do you think they do that?
Because they play a better game. The easiest way for an adult to learn is to mimic other adults actions and behaviors. It could be a very apparent behavior or a very subtle action. But these cues are picked up (just like in tennis) and are absorbed.
So today, you need to play a better game. Hang with the big boys and girls. Watch what they do, how they react, how they take action. Set up that lunch, make that appointment, hire that new rising star — it’s time you play your ‘A’ game.
You might surprise yourself and serve that ace.