The people we surround ourselves with either raise or lower our standards. They either help us to become the best-version-of-ourselves or encourage us to be lesser versions of ourselves. We become like our friends. No man becomes great on his own. No woman becomes great on her own. The people around them help to make them great. We all need people in our lives who raise our standards, remind us of our essential purpose, and challenge us to become the best version of ourselves.