Benjamin Franklin said it like this… “He that lieth down with Dogs, shall rise up with Fleas.”
Motivational speaker Jim Rohn famously said that “we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.”
And Napoleon Hill said it with this explanation….
If you don’t want your life to be “messed up,” don’t fool around with those who have messed up theirs.
It is a peculiarity of human relationships that it is virtually impossible for one individual to have a lasting positive influence upon members of a group of negative thinkers.
Usually, it works the other way.
You cannot maintain a positive, productive attitude if you spend all your time with negative people.
Those who have wrecked their own lives (and usually blame their misfortune on others) are not the kind of people who will help you achieve success in your own life.
Choose your friends and associates carefully, and refrain from complaints about your job, your company, or any individual.
Spend your time with positive, ambitious people who have a plan for their lives. You will find that their optimism is infectious.
All three of these people said the same thing but in different words.
Pick your friends and associates carefully as the association with them will very likely predict your future in terms of wealth, health, accomplishments and happiness.
Birds of a feather truly do flock together. So pick wisely!