Collin Austin founded New Scooters 4 Less at the age of 21, which has gone on to become one of the top scooter dealerships in the country. In the last two years he’s also founded Repaint The Wall, a digital media “un-agency,” and WHOA GNV, a podcast dedicated to build Gainesville.
WORDS OF WISDOM
At this point in my life, I’m making a point of surrounding myself with people who are extremely positive and, ideally, further along in their journey than me. As businesspeople, we need to be in good company.
A while ago, John Spence, a world-renowned business leader based in Gainesville, said something that really stuck with me: you become the average of the five people you spend the most time with.
I started thinking: Who am I surrounding myself with?
If you want to grow spiritually and as a husband and father and as a business leader, you need to be surrounding yourself with the type of person who will foster that growth. The influence of these people bleeds into you.
I realized I needed to audit who I was spending my time with.
In January 2019, I took a road trip that really cemented the importance of this for me. Two of my friends and I decided to lock ourselves away and dive deep into our businesses and family lives. We decided we would question each other and tell the hard truth because we knew others wouldn’t. We would hold each other accountable not only then but moving forward to ensure we always had our priorities in order
We’re each other’s accountability partners in business and in life. I’m proud to be the average of these guys and the others I continue to surround myself with.