There is a saying that goes something like this: The person you are today is a direct by-product of the books you read and the people you hang out with. If you are not where you want to be in life, it might be time to upgrade your friends. Take this simple quiz to see"

1. Are your friends generally on time for get-togethers?
2. Are any of your friends on the road to financial independence?
3. Do you have any friends who own their own business (or have aspirations to do so)?
4. Would you ever consider trading lives with any of your friends?
5. Are your friends "happy"?
6. Do any of your friends have clear goals they are working towards?

If you answered "no" to most of those questions, the time has come to stop hanging out with people who have less going for them than you do. Think about your goals, dreams and aspirations; make new friends who can support you in those. If you have plans to own your own business, befriend a business owner. If you dream of financial independence, find some like-minded individuals to add to your circle.

No one says you have to ditch our old friends, just make room for the new ones.

Author's Bio: 

Myrtis Smith is a personal coach and founder of Premeditated Life, a Cincinnati-based coaching company specializing in helping individuals manage life's many transitions, especially career changes.

Myrtis spent her professional career working for a global consulting firm. Her interest in coaching came as a result of several career shifts of her own; some planned, some unplanned. When her firm underwent downsizing, she spent her last few months of work helping her team members develop job search strategies, create resumes, practice interviewing, and deal with the emotional effects of losing their jobs. It was from this effort that her coaching practice was born.

Myrtis is known for her personable style. She has an action-oriented approach to coaching that uses light-hearted humor and practical information. She has an ability to help her clients see beyond their current situations and recognize the many possibilities available to them.

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