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You Will Become Like Them
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 2:24 PM

You Will Become Like Them

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 2:24 PM
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 2:24 PM

I noticed something the other day that not only piqued my interest but illustrated a valuable life lesson. 

I purchased a bag of apples several days ago, brought them home and stacked them in a bowl on top of the kitchen counter top.

On my way out, I would pass by the apples each day, occasionally grabbing one.

On this particular day as I reached to grab an apple, I noticed something different. One of the apples was decaying and the apples touching the decaying apple also had begun showing signs of decay.

However, the apples that were not in direct contact with the decaying apple were as healthy and shiny as when I first brought them home.

The simple but important life and leadership illustration for you and me is this - given time, we will adopt the values of and become most like those we stick with the closest.

If you hang with negative people, it won’t be long before you too become negative.

If your closest contact is a gossiper, it won’t be long before you too are tearing down others.

If you see close colleagues "getting away" with taking money under the table, it won't be long before you begin taking it too. This has been the downfall of many of a good public servant.

And let me share this - the more publicly you make known that you are a Christian, the bigger the target you become. That's just the way this principle works. You will become known to be, whether you are or not, just as rotten.

In politics, in business, in life – we are not only known by the company we keep, but we invariably will become like the company we keep.

Take care who you stick with. More important, take care what and whom you allow to stick to you.

“Show me a man’s friends, and I will tell you who he is.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Do not be deceived: Bad company corrupts good morals.” – 1 Corinthians 15:33

Dorothy Burton is a conference and keynote speaker; and, workshop leader for various organizations across the country. As a author and speaker, Dorothy writes, speaks and teaches to inspire, encourage and enlighten in the areas of leadership, purpose, faith and culture. She uses her gift of communication, principled and pragmatic approach to leadership to help leaders and those aspiring to lead, learn and discover more effective ways to lead, communicate, work and serve.

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