If you were to ask me, “What is your company, Let’s March, about?” I would tell you it’s a movement to challenge the status quo, march the path less traveled, and to passionately pursue your dreams. It’s about being a part of something bigger than yourself, and taking action every single day in pursuit of the life you desire. It goes deeper than that though. When I really sit down and think about it, Let’s March all comes down to people. Honestly, that’s just as true for every aspect of life itself. Whether you’re in school, running a company, or anything in between, your destiny hinges on your relationships with other people.
“People inspire you, or they drain you – pick them wisely.” – Hans F. Hansen
Surrounding yourself with the right people will make or break you. But it’s important to first analyze whether or not you are someone people would want to have in their lives. What type of people do you like to be around? When I ask myself that question, I think of people who are positive, optimistic, energetic, enthusiastic, and full of life; people who are out in the world chasing their dreams. These people don’t just show these traits every once in a while. They are like this all the time; it is not forced. It is genuinely who they are. That’s the type of person you should strive to be.
Then I ask myself, what type of person do I not like to be around? I struggle to be around people who are negative, pessimistic, lazy, and uninspired; people who would rather complain about life than take control to create the life they envision. These people are more common than they should be, and they have a negative influence on everyone around them.
Relationships with people truly are everything. Nothing of significance that we do in this world can be done on our own. No one is self-made, and no single individual is greater than the power of a cohesive group. It’s easy in our world today to think that the people in our lives can just be tossed aside; that relationships can be burned with no consequence. It’s easy to think this because in a celebrity obsessed society, we’re fooled by the illusion that those people got there all by themselves, with no help from others.
One example I hear to argue this point though, is Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs is one of my heroes, and he created the most valuable company in the world. But it’s no secret that he was ruthless and treated people horribly. I would argue though, he achieved massive success despite how he treated people, not because of it. I think it’s important to realize that Steve Jobs is a huge exception; he’s one person out of billions of people who happened to achieve success that way, but there were also a lot of other factors that played a role in his success. He was incredibly charismatic, considered a genius by many, and had such a compelling vision of the future that people couldn’t help but follow him towards it.
Being a jerk is not an admirable way to live life; it’s not cool, it’s not effective, and ultimately being a good person produces a much better return. Relationships matter, and I have a huge amount of respect for people who realize that and make it a priority in their lives.
I’ve been fortunate enough to be around a lot of extraordinary people, and I found that they are all extremely well-liked by other people. No one has a bad thing to say about them. That is one simple trait of successful people that I’ve always tried to emulate; just be a good person. Because good things really do happen to good people.