Law of Magnetism: Who You Are is Who You Attract
The Law of Magnetism states that the people that you will attract into your organization, community or your life is determined by you are. Think about the five people that you spend the most time with in the world. If you balanced all of their characteristics, mannerisms, mindsets and lifestyles, you’ll be looking at yourself. That’s why the Prophet said:
“A person is on the same way of life as his close companion. Therefore, let every one of you carefully consider the company he keeps.” [Tirmidhi]
This law is actually saying the same thing as the hadith, but from the opposite perspective. You will ultimately attract the kind of people that are like you to you. This works both on a personal and organizational level. For those of you who watch sports, ask yourself: why are the great teams able to recruit even more great players to their team? Or even in business, how do Google, Apple, Harvard, Stanford and the likes continue to attract top notch talent? It’s because they are attracting who they are. Like attracts like. Or think about the really successful Muslim organizations here in the West: Al-Maghrib, Zaytuna, Bayyinah and Muslimmatters.
Now look at the Prophet and who he was able to attract to a cause that was not popular and went against many of the fundamental principles of the society that he lived in. The best and brightest came to Islam through the Prophet’s example because that’s who he was.
Reflection Questions on the Law:
- Are you attracting the right kind of people into your life?
- If you are not, then what do you have to do, or better yet, who do you have to become, in order to attract the right kind of people to you and your organization?