Issue 4: you are the sum of the 5 people you spend the most time with

July – August, 2016


Hi there

I love the saying “…you are the sum of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” In practice what I think this means is that you will become what your friends or family are.

If you spend time with people who are not interested in making themselves better, they’re not likely to support you to be better and you’ll likely give up.

If the people you spend your time with spend their time complaining about their situation, be it a bad relationship or a job they hate, rather than doing something about it, it’s likely that you too will give up on making the changes you need to realise your dreams.

On the flip side, if you surround yourself with people who are positive and who themselves see value in personal development, they’re likely to support your efforts to be better and you will have a better chance of being successful in these endeavours.

This is such an important lesson to learn if you really want to improve yourself, your job, level of pay, health, diet, fitness, standard of living and so on.

So, who are you the sum of? Are they holding you back, or do they support you to be your best self?

Life hack: Surround yourself with inspiring aspirers of greatness.

On that note, welcome to Issue 4 of Future of Work Monthly, your curated monthly newsletter (if you’re not subscribed, click here to sign up free and get each issue delivered straight to your email inbox) with links to inspiring, tactical and practical articles, stories and resources to help you build a successful career or an awesome business.

Enjoy and be awesome!



Stop Waiting to be Picked

“What pick yourself means is that it’s never been easier to decide to be responsible for your own work, for your own agenda, for the change you make in the world. To have a chance to matter.” –

How To Tell If You’ll Fit Into A Company’s Culture Before You Take The Job

“But how accurately can you pinpoint a company’s culture before you’ve actually worked there? Here’s what Greenky and other experts recommend asking and observing before you show up with your own lamp—or even take the job.” –


Why Is Micromanagement So Infectious?

“Before we get to what works, let’s consider what micromanaging really is and what puts you at risk of doing it. It’s not just a personality or leadership trait that can be blamed on genetic makeup or bad training, as some arguments say. Rather, it’s a breakdown in the fundamentals of delegation.” – 

Your Company Needs More Managers, Not Fewer

“Over the last decade, companies including Zappos, Medium, and Buffer have embraced flat organizational structures. But these experiments don’t always work. After adopting a self-management model in 2014, Buffer’s team struggled to adapt. Employees felt overwhelmed by their new freedom. They felt lost without expectations, guidance, and accountability.” –

Office vs Remote Work

Try These Space Hacks in Your Office

“As humans, we often make modifications to the environments we inhabit to better serve our needs. In some spaces we have more freedom to make changes than others. In our own homes, the sky’s the limit when it comes to the way we customize our living spaces. But what happens when we enter the workplace?” –

11 Best Productivity Tips for Working From Home

Working from home can be the ultimate personal productivity litmus test. Many people feel they would lack the self-discipline and focus required to be highly productive if they work from home.” –


3 Epic Time Management Techniques for New Freelancers

As a freelancer you have to be an all-rounder. Marketing, business planning, accounting, sales, networking and then after all that, there’s the actual work of creating and delivering the product or service that brings in revenue. With these pressures and competing priorities, good time management is essential. –

4 Rules To Achieve Inbox Zero And Stress-Level Zero

“Do the emails, that pile up in your inbox, give you stress? Well, you’re not the only one. Many of us HATE email. But at the same time, we also can’t live without it.” –

The First Hour Rule Will Help You Tackle Tough Projects

“We all have tough projects we’d like to tackle, but we just can’t. It seems so big, we don’t know where to start. We’re full of fear even when we thinkabout starting.” –

Personal Development

50 Ways Happier, Healthier, And More Successful People Live On Their Own Terms

Benjamin Hardy is a beast at the keyboard. Week after week he published inspiring article after inspiring article, and this is no exception. Checkout this article for some great tips on how to be happier, healthier and more successful. –

Here’s What Happened When I Tried to Publish a New Post Everyday for a Month

“I’d never tried anything like this before. I typically post something once per month and all my articles are planned out and researched so the frequency of writing and putting my ideas on paper without reading or reflecting on other literature were both really challenging.” –


I’ve got nothing to recommend this issue. I am reading a couple of books at the moment that may or may not be worth recommending next issue, but since I respect your time I won’t waste it by recommending something I don’t truely believe will add value to you and your work.


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