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The most clever life hack I’ve learned is to apply the “average of five” rule to social media
Jim Rohn once said: “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
Now ask yourself: “Whose content do I consume on social media?”
The answer for most people is: “Anyone who comes up in my social media news feed.”
Do you want to become like anyone or someone?
Social media makes us unhappy
After using social media, most of us feel unhappy because we consumed a significant amount of content that doesn’t help us reach our goals.
To ensure you’re consuming content from the top five social media friends who you want to become, do this: unfollow everyone except them, mentees, and family.
It may take you an entire day of unfollowing people, but it’s worth it.
Do this for every social platform.
Don’t worry about what other people think
I know what you’re thinking: “What if my friends get upset that I no longer interact with their content?”
Why should you care?
Don’t validate their production of content that’s not healthy for people to consume.
It’s better to accomplish your goals than to lay around not doing anything with your life while you’re scrolling through Facebook.
The only way to become like the people who you admire is to consume content created by them to understand how they learn, think, and grow.
Everything else is in the way of your goals.
The best life hack you can do to change your life is to unfollow everyone except the five people who you admire, mentees, and family.
Your future you will be thankful.
This article originally appeared on Quora.
Josh Fechter is a growth evangelist at Autopilot HQ and an adviser at Praxis.