April 2015 (Down The Line, Stran Smith)

Cheerleaders or Challengers

Do you surround yourself with cheerleaders or challengers? Its good to have both, but you have to be careful if you have too many of one type and not enough of the other. It’s important to have somebody around that can trump you. You gotta’ be careful if you’re the smartest one in the room. Let me put it this way, you may not be the smartest or know best, but if you’re surrounded by people who are scared to talk then you will think it. You need people around who will call you out when you need it. It doesn’t matter if it’s professional, spiritual, or mental, you need people in your life who will challenge your thinking. If I’m always the smartest then I am always as good as I am. When I’m talking with my dad he most always takes the opposite stance or other side on my ideas. The thinking behind this is to look at it from a different perspective. I don’t need help seeing the good in my ideas. I’m an optimistic type person and can always see the good. Here’s my advice. Don’t be afraid to bring people into your life that have more experience and knowledge in an area than you do. Some people don’t excel because they are at the top of the totem pole in their group or area of expertise. They don’t have any challengers to push them to go even further. People can either be both cheerleaders or challengers. For me I look at my weak areas and see where I need someone who isn’t a cheerleader, but a challenger. People who hold me accountable. I want to make sure I surround myself with people who have the authority to speak into my life. I nearly always learn more when I get a critique rather than a praise.

God Bless. And see you down the line.