Where will you be in 5 years?

“We will be the same person in 5 years that we are today except for 2 things: the people we associate with and the books we read”
 Charles Jones

I read this quote many years ago and I can honestly say that it changed my life.  Twenty-Five plus years ago I was working a job I hated, and barely getting by.  I was going no where fast and hanging with people that were doing the same but God brought some people into my life that would have a big impact on my future.

I started being around people that had big dreams for their life.  They knew what they wanted out of life and were pursuing it with a passion. They started to recommend books to me that would change my life, like How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie and Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.  There are just a couple of the dozens and dozens of books that I have read since that time.

Before this time in my life I wasn't much of a reader. I had maybe read ten books in my life and that's being generous, but I started to read every chance I got because I wanted my life to change.  I didn't want to be in the same place in five years that I was then. 

I stopped hanging with people that were bringing me down and keeping me on their level.  I started to associate with people who thought bigger than just getting by and were willing to do something about changing their situation in life. Their attitude about life wasn't like anyone I had been associating with up until this point in my life and it started to impact me in a huge way.

I can look back now and see from that point forward how my life changed for the better. My income increased, my attitude about life changed, my relationship with God changed and my ability to communicate with people and handle situations in life grew tremendously.

I thank God for bringing people into my life that have shown me how important reading and the people you associate with are to your future. Since that time I have not stopped growing and learning.  I'm reading several books now and have many more in line to read.  If you want your life to change then start looking at who you are spending time with and what you are reading. I can promise you that your life won't change unless you do.  Start today living a life on purpose for purpose!