“So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit.” Matthew 7:17-18
Life is made up of many choices, and I think it is important to remember the need to choose wisely as to whom you allow to speak into your life. This means that to know who you should learn from, it is a great idea to look at the good one’s life possesses before considering their advice as wisdom or folly.
This is the reason that motivational speaker Jim Rohn said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” It’s also why author Tim Ferris says that choosing your friends wisely is the most important advice that he can possibly offer.
This being said, do the people around you possess the fruits that you want to have for yourself? Does their family life look like the one you want for you and your family? Does their work look like the work you want to produce? Do their friendships look like the friendships that you want in your life? Is their attitude the same attitude that you want to emulate? Do they utter the words that you want to speak? Do they view themselves the way that you want to view yourself? If so, those are the people that you want to learn from. If not, then it may be time to reevaluate your influences.