Time and again, I have found myself surrounded by people. People who are negative, lazy, and who live in absolute contrast to the way I live. Being surrounded by these individuals sucks. But I have learned, and am learning, that through these individuals, I can gain knowledge. I can gain knowledge about others. What makes them tick. What makes them react. What makes them respond. What makes them angry. What seems to motivate them to be who they are. What causes them to take the easy road. I can gain knowledge about myself. How to control my feelings, my emotions, my responses, my reactions. I can gain knowledge about how to lead, how to encourage, and how to challenge others. I can gain knowledge about how I want to live my life. When you are constantly surrounded by people who are opposite of you, it truly can be draining. Mentally, emotionally, and physically draining. I get it. I understand it. But it is our choice in terms of how we are going to handle these negative people, these negative situations. We can allow these people and situations to effect us negatively or positively. We can have a fixed mindset, or we can choose to have a growth mindset. I personally, refuse to allow others to project their stupidity upon me. I refuse to allow another person’s negative energy, to alter my positive path I am walking down. I get to choose who I am going to be today. I get to choose what I will become tomorrow. No one chooses for me. No one’s negativity, laziness, or their way of living is going to hold me back. People are people. They are going to live how they are going to live. I am going to live the way I am going to live. I want to learn. I want to grow. I want to mature. I want to get better. I want to be a great leader. A great example. I want to be youthful in heart, passion, and service. I want to be an individual to follow. I want to help those who cannot help themselves. I am going to be, and become who God created me to be. Live life with a mindset of learning. Wherever you find yourself today, whatever situation you may be in, whoever is in your life at this point, positive or negative, be open to learning! Learn, apply, grow!