If you are running a 100 yard dash with people that are slower than you, you will win every time. It will only make you feel good about yourself because you are winning the race of slow men and women. If you are running a 100 yard dash with people that are much faster, you might consistently lose, but your time will be better. You’ll push yourself to get to the same speed as they are.
If you only have people around you that make you look good, that make you feel like you’re better than they are, you will not improve. You will be happy with the status quo. You will feel like you’re successful because you’re doing better than they are.
Get around people that force you to get better. Make it a point to be the dumbest person in the room on occasion, It will push you into improvement. Because when you look around and see people accomplishing more than you are, you will look at them and say, “If they can do it, so can I.”