In my book I discuss how it’s ok to outgrow your friends. Though this may sound cold and callus, I say it because if you choose to hinder your growth for the sake of allegiance to an irresponsible relationship then you are responsible for your position (whether it is in an ideal position or less than desirable). Remember “Misery loves company!”
Birds of a feather do flock together. So why dwell with people who hinder your growth? Sometimes you gotta hear things without the kid gloves on— If those you interact with are not conducive to positive and honorable growth, you need to cut them out of your life.
Remember your wise grandfather asking you, “If you saw ten guys jumping off the cliff to their death would you follow?” Remove them from your circles and show them that just because you are from similar roots does not mean you will allow them deter you from your goals.
If you find this thought interesting, please consider reading more in my book!
“Procedures, Techniques, Rules… I Wish I Learned in School is a resource tool that offers bottom-line instructions on a range of habits that have proved beneficial to our nation’s leading authorities.” “Andrae has taken his experiences from sitting down to talk with leaders, such as former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey; and Korean War hero, General Paik Sung-yup, and consolidated the lessons learned about life. Useful techniques are broken down into the simplest forms that relate to finances, health, parenting, and mind-set—all of which, if they had been reinforced and learned in our youth would have paid back seven times over. It’s never too late to become better. Enjoy.”