“The serpent said to the woman, ‘You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil’” (Genesis 3:4-5).

Instead of engaging in a conversation that would eventually chip away at her trust in God, Eve should have just walked away. All of us are vulnerable to the negative effects of bad company. It’s imperative that we not remain in associations that breathe death instead of life; that bring down instead of lift up; that our primary relationships are not with those who have quit dreaming, aspiring, striving, and challenging themselves. Greatness lies within and we must align ourselves with those who refuse to settle for things as they have always been. Running with losers is the surest path to becoming one.

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