Best-Of Advice

On surrounding yourself with good people

“Age 25: Surround yourself with good people.”

I’m 25. This is the point in my life that I have reached. What is it about being 25 that makes this so obvious and so important?

Around the time you reach your first quarter-century, most of your post-adolescence has been spent establishing your identity. You’ve come to know yourself well enough that you begin making long-term commitments to the people in your life.

As you start forming intimate, reciprocal relationships with friends, colleagues, and potential life partners, nothing is more important than surrounding yourself with good people — not your education, not your career, not your hopes and dreams — nothing. 

Really, I can’t stress this enough. Choosing to build your life around good people while you’re in your twenties will have a greater impact on your future happiness than anything else you ever do.

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