Blog post #236 Adages – Birds of a Feather Flock Together

Blog post #236 Adages – Birds of a Feather Flock Together

I’m doing a series on adages or common experiences.  One that I remember is “Birds of a Feather Flock Together”.  

Somehow in my memory, this wasn’t always an upbeat adage.  In high school, the kids that smoke always were together; the kids that got in trouble were together.  That probably is true of actual birds too.  It seems like crows flock together as do buzzards and other less desirable birds.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have bluebirds flocking together (note, I have only seen one real bluebird – other than bluejays – in my life).  Or cardinals or orioles (other than on the baseball field) flocking together.

But maybe not quite as obvious is that the smart kids were generally together; those that studied were together. In the good sense of the word, the nerds frequently flocked together (maybe were pushed together by society?).  They would be discussing interesting technological issues.  The fraternity guys flocked together.  I was a faculty advisor for a good fraternity group – where academics and grades were a significant part of their organization.  That was a good flocking together (although the social aspect was definitely part of their lives and culture).

How about squeezing into a flock of ‘high flyers’ – entrepreneurs; Shark Tank type leaders.  Also you can ‘flock’ with those that go the extra mile – as compared to those who come to work late and leave early.  How about those who do extra free volunteer service?  That would be a good group to be in.  

I’ve had the good fortune to be part of many great groups of leaders – like NYDLA, ICCP, EDSIG, and others.  

A related adage is “You are known by the company you keep” – if you ‘flock’ with the winners, you’ll be a winner too.

So, as you reflect on this adage, think about the company you keep – are you with the good “flock”?

Go for it!!!

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