Truer words were never spoken. The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve. Anytime you tolerate mediocrity in others it increases your mediocrity.

An important attribute in successful people is their impatience with negative thinking and negative acting people.

As you grow, your associates will change. Some of your friends will not want you to go on. They will want you to stay where they are.

Friends that don’t help you climb will want you to crawl. Your friends will stretch your vision or choke your dream. Those that won’t increase you will eventually decrease you.

Consider this:

Never receive counsel from unproductive people. Never discuss your problems with someone incapable of contributing to the solution, because those who never succeed themselves are first to tell you how.

Not everyone has a right to speak into your life. You are certain to get the worse 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 on 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. If you associate with eagles, you will soar to great height.

A mirror is a reflection of a man’s face but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses.

The simple but true facts of life is that you become like those with whom you closely associate – for the good and for the bad.

Note: Be not mistaken.

This is applicable to family as well as friends. Yes…do love, appreciate and be thankful your family, for they will always be 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 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 to them.

If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.

~ John Begins.

Victor Negro
Victor Negro is an author, screenwriter, and personal development specialist. He is the founder of Evolving Minds Training and Consulting through which he offers products and counseling services on self-improvement, capacity building, and mind science. He writes on matters of life and existence as he thinks, preferring a better understanding of common questions. Read his interesting and thought provoking pieces at