One thing that goes without saying: Associate positively.
What does THAT mean?!?
In short form, it simply means to spend as much time as possible around those, whether they be friends, family, fellow businessmen & women, or other students, who have the right thinking, and who are striving to become. There’s been an awful lot of ‘dumbing down’ in our Western society over the past 50+ years, and the results are in, and continue to roll in: Friendship, true friendship, the number of those whom you’d put your trust into without concern of gossip, is well down from the past; Less people know their neighbors; marriages don’t last as long; parents aren’t as prepared to raise quality kids since they don’t spend enough quality time with them …
So, let’s do whatever we can, house to house to house, family to family, and person to person, to change this. Not surface level/wave change, though. Rather, let’s resolve to be the example, to break away from the conventional wisdom/norm, and go out and meet people who are living lives intentionally, who are growing themselves personally, and who realize that education is different from schooling, and thus are putting world class information into their lives on a day to day basis.
Nothing is promised, and will doing the above & associating with people of this caliber by itself be easy? No. Nothing easy is ever worth it, and nothing worth it is ever easy. However, the price we are paying for the questionable association and for putting endless entertainment ahead of lifelong learning is ever clearer, and it is high: High in that the foundation of the West is crumbling, and it will take true leaders to put their feet down in the proverbial pool to change this.
When you find a group of men & women who are doing this very thing, do not even think to criticize them, to complain, or to whine that it won’t matter, or that what they are doing is too hard, or will take too long to show results. Instead, make a decision ( far different from a preference ) to join them. The West needs more of us to answer the call: Will you?