“Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.” – Proverbs 13:20 NLT
The company you keep determines the quality and direction of your life. If this was not true, we would not worry about who our kids hang out with. But for some reason, we believe that adults are immune from this maxim.
It is impossible to underestimate the power of association. The problem is, very few of us actually “chooses” our friends. Most of the time, we “fall into” friendship. That is, we meet someone with whom we connect, someone who entertains us, and (most powerfully) someone who accepts us.
But we each need relationships that we intentionally choose to make us grow. When we surround ourselves with people who are already where we want to be, we are challenged (because we are not there yet) and encouraged (because if they did it, so can we).
Does the company you keep make you a better person, or do they make you feel comfortable enough that you never improve?