Don’t fill your life only with people you easily surpass.
Shy away from the yes men and the “You know it, Bro!” Those ego massages have an astronomical cumulative cost: your soul. Don’t pay that price. It is far too high.
Learn to think for yourself and lift for yourself, yet still manage to serve other people.
Let them be your motivators, but never your crutches. Your ego is not so fragile that failure will break it into a million pieces.
And if old friends are holding you back, you will survive finding new friends.
Be careful—very careful—of the company you keep. These people are also helping to determine your destiny.