Truer words were never spoken. They are still never spoken. The more you speak the truer words, the less friends you are likely to have. Many people, have, therefore, perfected in living in falsehood in order to keep a cloud of friends around them.
People have failed to accept the fact that the less you associate with some people, the more you will improve. The more you will develop and rejuvenate yourself. When you tolerate mediocrity in others, your mediocrity increases too. A fact that people don’t want to hear.
An important attribute in successful people is their impatience in negative thinking and negative acting people. The more you grow, the more you will realize that your associates change.
Some of your friends will never want you to go on. They will always want you to stay where they are. Remember, friends that don’t want you to climb up the ladder will want you to crawl.
Your friends will stretch your vision or choke your dream. Those who don’t increase your opportunity to succeed will finally decrease you.
Never seek counsel from unproductive people. Never discuss your problems with someone incapable of contributing to the solution because those who never succeed themselves are always first to tell you how. Not everyone has a right to speak into your life. Remember that not everyone has a right to speak into your life.
You are certain to get the worst of the bargain when you exchange ideas with the wrong person. Don’t follow anyone who is not going anywhere. With some people, you spend an evening, with others you invest it. Be careful where you stop to inquire for directions along the road of life.
Wise is the person who fortifies his life with the right friendships. 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 heights. A mirror reflects a man’s face but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses.
The simple but true fact of life is that you become like those with whom you closely associate for the good and for the bad. Be not mistaken. All these are also applicable to family as well as friends. Yes, do love, appreciate and be thankful for your family, for they will always be your family no matter what. Just know that they are human first and though they are family to you, they may be a friend to someone else and will fit somewhere in the criteria above.
In prosperity, our friends know us. In adversity, we know our friends. Never make someone a priority when you are only an option for them. If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop a habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.