In the words of motivational speaker Jim Rohn: “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

The people you spend the most time with shape who you are. They determine what conversations and topics dominate your focus. They affect to which attitudes and behaviors you are regularly exposed. Eventually you start to think like they think and behave like they behave. Don’t you want those people to be trustworthy, competent and making the world a better place?

As Darren Hardy writes in The Compound Effect:

“According to research by social psychologist Dr. David McClelland of Harvard, [the people you habitually associate with] determine as much as 95 percent of your success or failure in life.” That is astronomically high but it makes you think about who you surround yourself with. If you take time to develop yourself and those around you, life become continually better.

The first part of this journey is deciding what you bring to this world and what skills you are lacking. Everyone has a natural or established skill set but if yours isn’t inherently obvious it will become clearer as you work on yourself. However, skills generally they fall into a few categories, business, self-defense, transportation, communication, technology, building, legal, language, marketing, sales, etc.

The second part of building a squad is deciding what your goals are and what people you need to accomplish them. It should be narrow enough to have meaning but broad enough that you are not meeting randomly.

Whether its work colleagues trying to figure out a problem or bond your team, your workout buddies to keep you motivated and accountable, or your family practicing their skills and having fun together. Then you can figure out what skills you are lacking and what you have at hand. 

Think a workout group, an emergency group for your family or friends, sparring partner. Your goals are up to you so make them count.

When putting together your squad you should first figure out what your are good at and what you are missing. For instance If you are a civilian you might want to find someone in the military as they will have skills you do not. If you are building a general squad it’s good to have someone with construction, technology, business, health skills. The wider the skills the more situations you can be prepared for. 

That being said, start out with what you have and make it worth people’s time to join you and augment your group.

If you are looking to level up yourself or find some new members for your own squad, think about booking a weekend with CIV_GRP.