"Be careful the environment you choose, for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose, for you will become like them."
"Life is too short to spend your precious time trying to convince a person who wants to live in gloom and doom otherwise. Give lifting that person your best show, but don't hang around long enough for his or her bad attitude to pull you down. Instead, surround yourself with optimistic people."
"You don't have to be a 'person of influence' to be influential. In fact, the most influential people in my life are probably not even aware of the things they've taught me."
"Get around people who have something of value to share with you. Their impact will continue to have a significant effect on your life long after they have departed."