“You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.”
Surrounding yourself with like minded people is paramount to being successful, not only in the gym, but everywhere. In any relationship, like it or not, we are greatly influenced by the people we have the relationship with. Regardless of what you think, the your environment influences you more than you might think.
Being around people that share the same morals and support you are very important, however there will be critics wherever you go, watching your every move, waiting for you to make a mistake. Having these critics are critical to success. They sharpen your skills and build mental toughness.
Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”
1 Corinthians 15:33
Putting yourself in relationships that are harmful and toxic will make you lose sight of your goals. People that don’t have the same morals and values as you will ultimately lead you astray and you will lose all the progress you have made. You can have a very sound character and morals, but surrounding yourself with people who’s character and morals are deplorable will eventually corrupt your own.
Having people that support what you are doing and have the same views are ideal people to surround yourself with. A gym partner or crew that pushes you to become better will from a serious relationship that will develop over time and grow. People who want to be successful will surround themselves with other people that want to be/are successful themselves.