You can’t break the ceiling by staying in the room

building with a glass ceiling

Few years back, I heard a quote which made me rethink about personal growth.

You are the average of the 5 people you hangout with.

It basically means, if all your friends, colleagues, etc., are all just like you, you will always be at the same level. If they are all earning the same amount of money, having similar ideas, read the same books, etc., you will be stuck there. And by staying at the same level, you are only losing out on all the opportunities in life.

Unless you hangout with someone above your level, you won’t know how life up there is like. Unless you have spent time with a millionaire, you won’t know what their life is like. If you are already a millionaire, spend time with other billionaires.

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I started blogging back in 2004 on LiveJournal (it was Medium of those days, if you kids don’t know). I didn’t have any audience in mind when I wrote on my personal blog – it was literally a log of my personal thoughts. It allowed me to write about anything.

An year later I started writing about free and open source software and that was when I was writing for an audience. I was writing for others who want to learn and use open source software.

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