Lou Ludwig Success Tips: Two Things That Make a Difference

Two Things That Make a Difference


Motivational Power Quote


Two Things That Make a Difference  


"You are today what you'll be

in five years from now,

except for the people

you meet and the books you read."

Charlie "Tremendous" Jones


As I see it. . . . . . . .

Two things that make a difference.   

The people we meet and associate with will impact your life.  

Meeting and associating with positive people create a positive environment. We tend to mirror the people we associate with and we will attract people into our circle of influence that are most like us.    

We will create either positive or negative associations.  Those associations will determine how other people see us and how we see ourselves.  

Positive people create positive relationships. 

The books you read will determine who you become.    

Investing one hour a day reading in our chosen field would make you a recognized expert in your field within five years.  

Read to expand your knowledge, to keep you motivated and to create a cutting edge advantage in what you do.

®2009, Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant Executive Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author




Comment balloon 16 commentsLou Ludwig • July 28 2009 09:02PM


Since I joined AR I think I am reading at least two hours a day. I wish there was a group here on AR about books. Maybe there is, I better go check.

Thanks for your thought provoking post.

Posted by Rich Cederberg, eXp Realty Agent Albuquerque (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

I definitely agree.  The people who come into my life are amazing.  They are a constant source of entertainment, enlightenment and enjoyment. 

I read constantly.  I watch one hour of television five nights a week, and I read for two hours every evening seven nights of week to atone for that, although the one hour is while I am preparing dinner so it's not sitting in front of the television.  If more people read and watched life on the tube less, I believe they might not mindlessly spend money and get more out of what they have and think less about what they don't have.  IMHO. 

Posted by Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor (Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)) over 11 years ago

This is so true, since joining the National Association of Agent-Investors. I have come accross agents who REALLY get it, but I HAD to join the organization first.  This organization has alsow given me great books to read by Dan Kennedy and Tim Ferris.

Posted by Lisa Curry (National Association of Agent Investors) over 11 years ago

At first I disagreed with this quote but after further thought I guess these are really the only influences on our lives.  Interesting.

Posted by Damon Gettier, Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE (Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert) over 11 years ago

Hi Lou, Great Post, and I agree, I also agree with Suanne, I probably wouldn't have a TV if it wasn't for my husband, He can't live without it.  I love to read, so while he's watching TV of the night I am in the Bedroom reading!! I have always been told to write down the 7 people you are around the most and that is what your life will turn out to be!!  Thanks for sharing!!!


Posted by Barbara Flannery, "Homes for Everyone In London Kentucky" (USA Realty,Inc.) over 11 years ago

Lou, great post!  Thanks for sharing it with us.  I agree that you can't help but being uplifted in your life by reading and applying what is found here on Active Rain!

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) over 11 years ago

Lou, great post!  Thanks for sharing it with us.  I agree that you can't help but being uplifted in your life by reading and applying what is found here on Active Rain!

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) over 11 years ago

I certainly believe this to be true.

Both people and books have the opportunity to shape your life for better or worse.

Posted by Mark MacKenzie over 11 years ago


Great quote. I've read his book and heard him speak. What energy. :)

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 11 years ago

Thanks Lou. I love to read and value my books . . . and 'human resources' :)

Posted by Candice A. Donofrio, 928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text (Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker) over 11 years ago


Hi Lou:

I tend to agree.

Outside influences do have a way of changes us (to a degree)...

Posted by Toula Rosebrock, Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township, (Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ) over 11 years ago

Hi Lou...so if I admit to reading some gossip magazines once in awhile, what does that say about me ?  LOL!!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) over 11 years ago

I agree.  I love to read but I can't say that I spend an hour a day in my field...unless AR blogs count...

Well, I guess I better reorganize my time a bit.

Thanks for a grea reminder about the things we focus on.

Posted by Irene Tron over 11 years ago

That is why I choose to read the bible regularly and books that are biblically based....

"How can a man cleanse his way....by ordering it according to Your word, oh Lord.."

Nice post...... I would have featured it, but there was no reference to the bible or Christian principles....

(If ya change it to include one or both items I WILL featrure this post!!)


Posted by Alexander Harb, Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing (Knights Investing) over 11 years ago

I was just telling a longtime friend today how much I appreciate them... positive relationships and good reading choices are both excellent companions!

Posted by Maria Sapio, Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com (Keller Williams of Central PA) over 2 years ago

The advice in this quote and your thoughts on the subject should never go out of style if you ask me.

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 over 2 years ago