If you want to see what your future looks like, look around to the people you are surrounding yourself by.
People we surround ourselves by are reflections of ourselves. I got a recent taste of this with my art studio. I have recently moved into a shared space. Going in, I was clear about my vision and mission. I was under the understanding that the participants in the space shared the same vision.
Very quickly, I ran into problems. After the first day of setting up in my space I was confronted with issues by another person. It was done privately, but in writing. Very quickly the drama became more than I wanted to deal with and I offered to bow out quietly and find another place.
I was reassured the situation was addressed and there would be no more issues. Drama reared it’s ugly head again. This time, someone visiting my studio was a victim. Suddenly my studio transformed from a inspirational creative space to a space of negative energy. It was associated with drama and negativity. This one person no longer wanted to come to my space. I decided there was no possible way I was allowing my studio become a place associated with such energy.
The situation was quickly remedied but it made me start thinking. Who is associated with your name, your brand, your reputation? I once had to end a friendship because her drama was reflecting badly on me and my reputation. I don’t want to be associated with drama and negative energy. I most definitely don’t want my art work and art space associated with it.
You will be known for who you surround yourself by. Make sure it’s enhancing you, not detracting from you. As my Grandpa would say, “it only takes one turd in the punch bowl to ruin the party”. Is it time to throw out the punch?