You are what you eat — and you definitely are whom you associate with. (Like Jim Rohn says, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”) The people closest to you make all the difference – in good and bad ways.
The problem is, it can be tough to find great new connections and friends to add to your inner circle: People who will support you, help you, encourage, motivate, and inspire you.
Fortunately it’s a lot easier to spot the people closest to you who are holding you back. Let subtraction result in addition. If people like these are close to you, get rid of them:
Devil’s advocacy is sometime helpful as an exercise, but a devilish advocate rarely advocates for anything other than their own ego and point of view. “Perspective” is often just bragging in disguise. “Voice of reason” is often just the voice of ego or the voice of a person who tried and failed and therefore thinks no one else can — or more likely should – ever succeed.