Friendship is a relationship of mutual affection between people. Everyday, we converse with people we call our friends and tend to emulate certain characters from them which can be termed as 'influence'. We learn and unlearn a lot from them. This becomes a basis for our reasoning.
Friends/peers are major aspect of socialization in the lives of individuals and they serve as 'key influencers' in shaping life. These are the people we spend most of our lifetime with. At various stages in life, we are busy exchanging ideas and relating with our peers.
These individuals influence us in ways we cannot imagine. They directly or indirectly affect our behaviors, perceptions and view of life.
Research has it that friends have the greatest influence in adaptation of lifestyle, educational choices, decision making and a whole lots more.
Show me who your friends are, and I will tell you who you are - Vladimir Lenin
The type company you keep tells a lot about your personality. They determine the roadpath for your future. That is why being in the right one is a great deal. Ever wonder why successful people mingle with people of the same caliber? This is because they reason alike and work towards achieving even more.
Having friends with good influence cannot be overemphasized. Imagine you have a business idea you intend to embark on or a project you've been entitled to. Involving your friends in the process can determine how successful the outcome will be. Some may encourage and most likely proffer a better solution while others may fill you with negativity which can hinder you from even attempting.
In as much as friends give advice that seem like moral support, we should be careful of how they have an impact on us. We all react to the same situation differently and have different perceptions. This automatically make it possible for our friends to infuse their own ideas and change our mindset.
Your friends can make or mar you. So when making new friends, be sure to attract the right people.