Don’t hang with chickens when you know you are an eagle.
“Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces.” – Proverbs 13:20
All of the sales and marketing books teach you about networking… connecting with the right people. The funny thing is we don’t feel as if it is always necessary in life to network. There is a danger in associating with individuals that are not of like mind. First, they will distract you and discourage you. They may even ridicule you on what you want to do simply because they don’t understand it, and it’s not what they are purposed to do. They can’t understand the sacrifice and decisions that you would have to make, so they won’t be supportive of you.
At the gym where I workout, there are two women that regardless of when I am at the gym (morning or afternoon) they are there…together. They train together with the same trainer, they do bootcamp together, and they laugh together. One day someone asked them what is their relationship, and they both stated that they just connected being friends and holding each other accountable. The best way that they found to do that was to ensure that they were there together. They continued to say that they text each other every morning, they encouraged each other, and they hold each other accountable. In doing this they became great friends. They even said they accredit their success to each other because of their relationship. Now understand this is the atmosphere of the majority of members at the gym, so when new people come they either join in because it is their calling or they leave because its not for them.
See there is nothing wrong with being a chicken, but there is something wrong with being an eagle acting like a chicken. If you are an eagle hanging with chickens you may never know your purpose and you may feel ostracized at some point because you don’t fit in. Can you imagine a full grown eagle trying to fit in a chicken coop? The same goes in life. Align yourself with people that are where you are going and that are going where you want to go. Otherwise, you will look foolish and be foolish.
Jean Ward serves as pastor of East Atlanta Church.