Tell me who your best friends are, and I will tell who you are. If you run with wolves, you will learn how to howl. But if you associate with eagles, you will learn how to soar to great height. A proverb says, “A mirror reflects a man’s face, but what he is really like inside is shown by the kind of friend he chooses”. The simple but true fact of life is that you become like those with whom you closely associate for the good and the bad.
Think about; almost all of our sorrow spring out of relationships with the wrong people. The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve. Any time you tolerate mediocrity. I have found it better to be alone, than in the wrong company.
If you find yourself taking two steps forward and one step backward, invariably it’s because you have mixed associations in your life. If a loafer isn’t a nuisance to you, it’s a sign that you are some what of a loafer (idler) yourself.
Choose your associations carefully. This old saying is true: “He that lies down with dogs shall rise with fleas”. Thomas carlyle observed, “show me the man of honour, and I will know what kind of man you are, for it shows me what your ideal of manhood is, what kind of man you long to be”.