Self-help guru, Tim Ferriss, once said that “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
It’s a touch Machiavellian to choose your friends based solely on how useful they’ll be in achieving your goals. That’s not what Ferriss is implying. He’s saying that, when we consider the people we spend time with, we need to choose people who inspire us rather than people who hold us back.
The people in this latter category—the ones who hold us back—are numerous. We often call these individuals toxic people, and if you want to be successful, you need to maintain emotional and professional distance from them.
But even among the toxic people of the world, there are a few types that stand out. These are the ones who have the ability to bring your journey to success to a full stop. What’s worse, some can do this without you ever realizing it, creating atmosphere of strife, complexity, and stress in your life and workplace.
They key to keeping these people out of your life is the ability to recognize them, so let’s take a look at the 7 types of people you need to avoid if you want to be successful.