We are the average of our friends. Each one of our friends either pulls us up or drags us down. Either they sharpen us into better men, or they dull us into uninspiring, lackluster guys. There’s no neutral ground. They are either one or the other. Stagnation is the same as being pulled down; only it’s stretched out over time.
Look around at who you hang out with and see which direction they’re moving you.
One of my buddies is friends with a famous author and retired military general. Curious how they became friends, I asked my buddy how they met. He said that many years ago after hearing the general speak he just walked up to him and literally asked the general if he would mentor him. That is how you seek out men who will better you! That’s how you build a better tribe for yourself.
Seek out friends who will sharpen you. Surround yourself with the kind of men that inspire, encourage, and motivate you, not just guys that you happen to have known forever.
If you aspire to soar like an eagle you have to move out of the chicken coop.