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It is said that your salary is usually equal to the average the salaries of your 10 closest friends

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In the 6-degrees-of-separation numerical spirit:

productivity501.com: “It is said that your salary is usually equal to the average the salaries of your 10 closest friends.  This is a good general rule for everything–not just finances.  The capabilities of our friends average together to create a social glass ceiling.  Even if you work hard and break through the ceiling, it will still exert constraints on your progress.  If you want to truly push the limits of your potential, the people with whom you interact must be people who significantly challenge you in the areas where you want to excel.”

Don’t know how true it is, but I find the concept very interesting.


Written by flowingly

April 12, 2007 at 08:34

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  1. I guess you could prove that it isn’t true for everyone or everyone in the world would pretty much have to make the same amount. Either that or some people have no friends. :)

    However it is a pretty good rule of thumb for most things. We tend to excel until we are comfortable with our relative position with people around us.


    April 14, 2007 at 03:21

  2. I don’t have 10 friends…


    April 18, 2007 at 19:17

  3. I’ve read about this as well, some time ago, and I believe it is quite true. If you want to be seeing more interesting movies, you will cultivate some people with great knowledge and taste about movies, not? It may not even be a conscious choice, just a natural drive.

    It must be the same about anything else. I want to become a successful entrepreneur. If my friends are not such, I need some new friends to share the experience with. As we grow, some relationships grow with us, some vanish, and some are born anew.

    Also, thank you for stopping by my blog and sharing. A happy coincidence, indeed.


    April 24, 2007 at 13:48

  4. So does anyone know who is the author of the theory about the “average income of your five closest friends”?

    The Voose

    The Voose

    June 16, 2008 at 03:47

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