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As we prepare to move to Las Vegas and embark on another journey in life, I think this one is the most important one ever.

We have come to a place where living strictly on our savings and retirement income is a life that would be comfortable, but wanting more for our kids and grandkids drives me to continue to work my Nerium business for a few more years.

I can do this business from anywhere in the world as long as I have access to the Internet.

So when I wrote last about the law of association I wasn’t thinking about this upcoming major change in our lives.

I was blessed from an early age to understand the philosophy of association, and one of my great mentors, Jeff Olson, says it best in his book “The Slight Edge.”

He wrote, “You are the combined average of the five people you associate with most – including the way you walk, talk, act, think, and dress. Your income, your accomplishments, even your values and philosophy will reflect them.”

“If the five people around have negative philosophies, it’s virtually impossible for you to have a positive philosophy,” wrote Olson.

“If the five people around you are consistently complaining, living in the past, blaming others for their difficulties, and thinking and acting in a negative way, then what are the odds of you finding your way onto the success curve? Slim to none!”

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One thing I learned early in life was to associate myself with people I aspire to be like.

I was that kid who liked to hang out with adults more than kids my age because I found what older adults had to say far more meaningful than “playing” with my mates all the time.

My family was close – My parents were great mentors to me throughout my life. My grandparents who lived just a few houses away were others with whom I spent hours each week.

I learned useful skills like mowing lawns and yard work, carpentry, painting, roofing and auto repair by helping these people.

And I spent hours listening to stories about their lives that helped me become a better person by aspiring to be the best I can be in life.

Our decision to move away from the beautiful Napa Valley was inspired by this philosophy. We want to live near our young grand children -- ages 2 and 4 -- as they grow up so that our frequent influence will be as great for them as ours was living near our grandparents.

We are excited for this new journey, and I plan to continue to write these articles and publish them in the Napa Register as long as they wish.

I am grateful for all of the feedback I have received from so many of you over the years and look forward to hearing more as this column continues.

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Randy Martinsen is a brand partner for Nerium International and a mentor of leadership principles for success. He can be reached at 707-206-6443 or randym@budgetworks.net.

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