According to Daniel Kahneman
look at yourself as a point in the distribution
You may be a superhuman outlier, but don’t count on it.
According to me
We’re herd animals, and a psychological force of gravity pulls us into orbit around the norms of our current social network.
According to Philip Zimbardo
It’s not the bad apples, it’s the bad barrels that corrupt good people.
You can’t be a sweet cucumber in a vinegar barrel.
(Of course, you can’t even be a decent pickle in a vinegar barrel. But I digress.)
Maybe it’s not a coincidence that high officials in the US used to refer to the CIA as “the pickle factory“.
The point is, when you notice that the system or your social network are a corrupting influence on the people around you, better play it safe and move on before you catch the same disease.
According to Magic Johnson
If people around you aren’t going anywhere, if their dreams are no bigger than hanging out on the corner, or if they’re dragging you down, get rid of them. Negative people can sap your energy so fast, and they can take your dreams from you, too.