Jim Rohn said “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” I subscribe to that and try my best to surround myself with people who provide positive energy and bring something to my moral compass. I noticed that when I am surrounded with comedians, especially established comedians, I usually feel lighter. I am usually laughing or talking about what an amazing show we had or even reflecting on a show that didn't go so well.
As I delve more and more into comedy, you also lose contact with the "normals" in your life who are not comedians; your friends from high school and college, your next door neighbor and even family members. I try my best to balance my time to see those people as well, but shows get in the way. I miss birthdays, anniversaries and weddings on the regular. I am used to that, since that also happened when I was a musician, but with comedy I am more busy than ever before (thankfully). The last five years, I have been in four different states for my own birthday. But who celebrates their birthdays after 30 anyways, right? I still stay connected to people who help shape me, even if it means a phone call on the drive home from a show.
My top five, while mostly comedians and varying, is also grounded with folks I could not survive without. I ask my friends all the time who they surround themselves with mostly. Something to think about. Who is in your "top five"? #careerchange #top5 #friends #formerlawyer #standup
Paul Farahvar is a comedian hailing from Chicago, Ill.
Paul Farahvar Comedy