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Peer Pressure

Think about your five closest friends. These are the people you spend the most time with, either in person or via e-mail, Facebook, MySpace and phone conversations. According to popular wisdom (and it proves to be correct in my life), these five people will define, over the long term:

  • The level of your bank account and your salary
  • Your overall health and fitness
  • Your willingness to take risks and go on adventures
  • Your career level and aspirations
  • Your overall level of happiness and well-being
  • Your attitude and demeanour while relating to other people
  • etc.

This is a very unscientific, but highly demonstrable truth. Think about it. Your peer group defines not just who you are, but who you become. Choose your friends wisely.


  1. ravisraman says:

    Hey Kapil; seeing as how you just left the corporate world (and taken a pay cut!) to go to biz school; you’ve just lowered the reference point for my salary/net worth potential big time!

  2. Kapil says:

    Not bad…have I increased your willingness to take a risk yet or improved your overall level of happiness? 😉

  3. ravisraman says:

    Hey Patrick; I really enjoy meeting new people, and keeping a broad circle of friends. Everyone has an interesting story to tell!

    I’ve also realized that some friendships just aren’t healthy for me. I still keep in occasional touch with those people, but I also am more aware of the impact negativity and negative-thinking-people can have on me.

  4. Patrick says:

    Great post. It funny to reflect on the impact new friends have had on my life. I’ve found that as I get older new activities bring new friends or new friends bring in new activities.

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