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Lazy Mans Strategy Is Hanging Around Surrounded By What We Wannabe

Stop fighting it, we lazy people refuse to waste energy, we know it is simple, we surround ourselves in a cocoon of social pressure of good friends.

Ben Franklin Quote

Lazy Mans Strategy is hanging Around, Surrounded by What We Wannabe

"But Jesus said to him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead."
- Matthew 8:22

I love to steal good ideas, and quoting bible passages often takes people by surprise, and makes them think. As I read that passage, what it means to me, stick with the winners, the losers can bury their buddies.

We are surrounded by social pressures, and I am a very lazy man, I surround myself with people who pressure me to become more like them, and less like me. I go to the gym, work out, and with all them beautiful bodies around me, I want to fit in, it is hard to go home and eat spaghetti.

We hire great minds, so we can become great. It is all about the mix, add a little of this, a little of that, but if all the ingredients are the best the world has to offer, what we cook up is better than great, it is magnificent.

Count them? How many good quotes below do you ignore? 

Even more, how many do you share, but obviously ignored? As for me, I am lazy; we can take the easy way out, the road of least resistance, there is nothing special about me, other than I hang around with what I want to be. There are 1000’s of quotes, stories, maxims, missives and hard coded rules ignored because there is no social pressure to obey.

I can hear you say, "The world is too competitive." Maybe a friend who mocks you, berates, and belittles you, but the champions only make you feel stronger, there is no competition when it is fun. Listen to you friends, are they lifting you up, making you strong, or are they emotional vampires?

“When you leave a good friend, you should feel stronger.”
- Andy Lee Graham

Keep reading, the quotes are below Steve Jobs, a man who shamelessly stole good ideas.

Count? Check off the quotes you regularly ignore?

Birds of a feather flock together.

A man is known by the company he keeps.

Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company. George Washington

Surround yourself with a bunch of like-minded people, and you'll soak up their habits like a starved sponge. Fat people with fat friends care less about their weight. Vir Das

You surround yourself with amazing, grade-A talent, and you're going to have to lift your game. You kind of thrive just by being around such people. Joe Lo Truglio

It's very important to surround yourself with people you can learn from. Reba McEntire

Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher. Oprah Winfrey

Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere as long as the policy you've decided upon is being carried out. Ronald Reagan

I think that's become passe, but if you can surround yourself with a kind of monument to yourself and your family - a statement - and you can afford it, then that's a noble project. Sylvester Stallone

When I was a kid, there was no collaboration; it's you with a camera bossing your friends around. But as an adult, filmmaking is all about appreciating the talents of the people you surround yourself with and knowing you could never have made any of these films by yourself. Steven Spielberg

Surround yourself with the right people, and realize your own worth. Honestly, there are enough bad people out there in the world - you don't need to be your own worst enemy. Lucy Hale

Surround yourself with smart, dedicated people - to build something isn't a one-man show. It's more important to have smart people who really believe in what you're doing than really experienced people who may not share your dream. Niklas Zennstrom

You are who you surround yourself with. I know that's such a cliche quote, but it's true. Selena Gomez

I think it's important to get your surroundings as well as yourself into a positive state - meaning surround yourself with positive people, not the kind who are negative and jealous of everything you do. Heidi Klum

Surround yourself with good people who encourage and love you. There are always ups and downs, no matter how successful you are. Liana Liberato

Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who'll argue with you. John Wooden

To all the other dreamers out there, don't ever stop or let the world's negativity disenchant you or your spirit. If you surround yourself with love and the right people, anything is possible. Adam Green

Surround yourself with good people. People who are going to be honest with you and look out for your best interests. Derek Jeter

Don't let people disrespect you. My mom says don't open the door to the devil. Surround yourself with positive people. Cuba Gooding, Jr.

Surround yourself with positive people and you'll be a positive person. Kellie Pickler

I think it's a very firm part of human nature that if you surround yourself with like-minded people, you'll end up thinking more extreme versions of what you thought before. Cass Sunstein

How do you make it to the top when all you have is ambition and talent? You believe in yourself and surround yourself with other idealistic and talented friends that fuel each other and push against the establishment to take you seriously. Tamra Davis


Hi andy how do we find over at the lake lm coming thru in march time. And then sourround myself with a like minded oerson. Happy travels.steve


I will be in Panajachel, or San Pedro, both very small cities. But as normal, get on the Talk Wall, I am always about somewhere.


Awesome place - never tried Panajachel but San Pedro is awesome. Just out of curiosity, what do you think of San Marcos?


I have never lived there, been there maybe 30 times. They sell good banana bread loaves there. I often take people on Tours of lake, over to San Pedro, tuk tuk to San Marcos, then back to Pana. Not sure what to say about San Marcos, more or less a village made for the expats, mostly dreads, veggies, meditation, etc. Lots of pretty girls, we can actually date the women in that tribal area, so that is plus. For the most part, I cannot be bothered to listen to the Expats that hang out there, not a firm grip on reality. Yet a good view of the volcanos. I keep wanting to get a room for a couple week there, but the place is twice the cost of San Pedro, and Pana, and no good local market.


Cool. Pretty much exactly what I thought. Never heard a word of Spanish, either English or Mayan. Interesting comment about the girls since I had thought that was pretty much impossible, though not attempted and irrelevant now that I've found my Ariquipeña. Thanks.


There are 3 language tribes on Lake Atitlan. Tztujil, Kachiquel, and the one around San Marcos. Each has a different society, not much different. In most cultures, they consider a girl who goes with a Gringo sort of easy, money person. And, there is always a Gringo who will spend enough money. Yet, there are cultures that intermarry without a problem. The Indigenous of Guatemala is a 98 percent no. The Mestizos is maybe a 50/50 percent yes. People think the USA is prejudice, judgmental, always a sort of laughter for me, the USA is where anyone can become American. While other countries, we seldom can become their culture. We can share, but very difficult to become the same. I had a Thai girlfriend for 5 years, and we continually hid from Thailand culture, because the locals never-stop calling her names. We had to go to places like Chang Mai, or Khao San Road, where there was large amount of boom boom girls, so the name calling would slow. She was a pharmacist at a University, and did not enjoy being treated like a Boom Boom girl. Farang in Thailand is not a term of endearment, Gringo is closer, but a way of separation. Even me calling them locals, Kachiquel, etc separates, but not speaking the language...ooops


SAN Marcos is a town without the sound of infernal combustion engines as background and friendly people.


Regarding indigenous languages in Guatemala... has an archive of public domain material from the Peace Corps, etc. In particular Kaqchikel (I think the dialect of San Marcos) and 1 or 2 other languages associated with Mayan culture. A lot of it is scans of classroom handouts, some audio. You're not going to get fluent from it, but a couple dozen words can go a long way to engendering good will. Also material for indigenous languages from many other parts of the world are archived there too. As for San Marcos, I spent 4 days there once, so I wasn't there long enough to 'get tired' of it. It's definitely pretty. Expats there have the harmless 'granola and pot' old hippy vibe. They also get a lot of day tourists. It is a bit more expensive (relative to the rest of the lake, not in US terms), and for a lot of things you'll have to go to San Pedro or Pana if you stay there long term (like cash from an ATM, major medical). There was an old broken dock to the west of the main dock that I sat at everyday when the sun went down. It was those moments more than any other on the lake that made me think "my god this is a beautiful part of the world".


I have enjoyed living in Pana the last 9 months but I have to go home to California next week to live there while I sell my house. It has been too difficult to manage it from here. It is like a big anchor around my neck. Andy I enjoyed Arequipa video one of my favorite places. My passport says Minneasota because that that is where I was born but I feel like saying at Immigration "but Im really a Californian" ! Lol It amazed me how many people in South America didnt know where California was because of course we think we are the center of the universe!


Skymountainman, how did you renew your 90 day Guatemala visa,
with the local fixer who takes passports to Mexico, visit Mexico yourself, or visit Guatemala City for a renewal?


California is about 40 percent Latino, I am wondering when it will reach 50, 60, 70 percent? Too much fun on this small planet.


Marco I just went up to Comitan, Mx. Its a nice easy place to hang out. Gadget, in the town I live in in California most people speak spanish as their first language. So its easy for me to feel at home im Latin America

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