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KEY POINTS:

1. You are the sum of the five people that you spend the most time with. So for whatever you are trying to accomplish, make sure you surround yourself with people who make you better. 

2. The key is to take some time to think about who you are spending your time with and make sure that they are positive influences on your life. This will ensure that you have a positive environment that will drive success. 

“We adopt the beliefs, feelings and behaviors of the people we spend most of our time with.” - Robin Sharma

There is a constant battle in the sport science world about whether genetics or environment (like training) is more important in determining if someone will become a great athlete or not. Obviously genetics play a huge role, especially for factors like height. But environment is also critical, for example how you work on your technique determines to a large extent how good your sport mechanics are. So I'm a believer that both are important.

But you can only control your environment and your training. You can't control your genetics.

What this means for you is that your personal environment and your training are not small things. You are still flexible, still under construction, and you respond greatly to your surroundings and your habits. You can empower or dampen your potential depending on your environment. You can improve your various intelligences (including your physical intelligence) through lifestyle decisions. And you get to decide who you want to be by creating the conditions around you.

It has been said that people are the sum of the 5 people that they spend the most time with. This applies to the amount of money you make, your fitness level, and your happiness. Which leads to an important question about the people around you:

Are they making me better?

It’s a question that professional sports teams take seriously when they bring in a franchise player like Josh Donaldson or Sidney Crosby. They believe that the presence of a great player will elevate the entire team. And it’s true. Think about how LeBron James or Wayne Gretzky have had an effect on the players around them.

So whatever you are trying to accomplish, make sure you surround yourself with excellent people - people that make you better. This can be someone you like training with. Or perhaps a great partner for talking about healthy nutrition and cooking. Or a great friend that you can relax with and just be yourself. The key is to take some time to think about who you are spending your time with and make sure that they are positive influences on your life.

A great team is part of your environment, and your environment drives your success.

Today's POWER-UP: Recruit Your Dream Team

These are the 5 people that make you better and will help you reach your goals and dreams. I also think that you can help these people be better. Together you can achieve great things.

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Dive Deeper: What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team

Check out this fascinating article from the New York Times about Project Aristotle - a research study conducted by Google that investigated the key elements that contribute to team success.