I’ve heard that a good way to get a read on a person is to look at his five closest friends. Chances are they’ll all be at the same income level and will have a similar outlook on life.
This is true in the creative world, too. If you hang with a bunch of cynics who just float through life, seeking any possible excuse and who flat gave up on putting flesh on their old dreams, watch it. You’ll probably catch whatever it is they’ve got. Negativity breeds negativity.
If you have an inner circle of folks who create freely, know how to grow that dream and reject all excuses, you’re in much better surroundings. Just being around folks like that will challenge you to go with your utmost and highest.