Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future

William Liao
1 min readMay 21


♫ Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future ♫— from Rubble to Rubble by Wilderado

In Atomic Habits, James Clear writes, “Environment is the invisible hand that shapes human behavior.”

The people you choose to spend time with are a part of that environment.

Every interaction you have with someone shapes you.

There are some people that naturally expand you and others that shrink you.

People that will help you see possibility, and others that only show you limitations.

People who energize you and people who drain you.

The motivational speaker, Jim Rohn, famously said that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.

They will influence who you think you are, what you think is possible in life, and what you ultimately find the audacity to do.

Choose the people you spend your time with like your life depends on it.



William Liao

Taiwanese American, daily blogger of ideas about impactful work in service of others, photographer (