If your friends are heavy drinkers, chances are that you'll be a heavy drinker too!
Really, you say? Lately, I've been invited to various Mastermind groups. I've read the invites and what the meeting is about and what I'm seeing is that You Are like Who you Surround Yourself with.
If your friends are overweight, chances are you'll be overweight. If you love to exercise, chances are your friends also exercise.
It's no different with Successful careers. If you hang out with those B$%*ing and Moaning, chance are you'll spend a lot of your precious time B$%*ing and moaning too. The people we spend the most time with influence how we act and what we think.
This is why people join the Mastermind Groups, to have access to powerful minds and goals! If you don't have a Mastermind Group available to you, create your own. Read books by positive successful people.
I can say that the exercise thing was especially true for me this past year. I had lost my running partner (she went and got a job) and kept looking for friends who wanted to walk in the hills of Warner Park. Each person within a week or more would start canceling at the last minute, leaving me stranded.
I finally got hooked up with Susan and we've been running/walking 2-3 days each week since August. She always shows up. I always show up. The others? I don't want to hear their excuses. Or their whining about their weight.
Figure out where you want to go and then find people headed in the same direction, or better yet, already there. That's who you want to spend time with.