Bad company corrupts good character.
—1 Corinthians 15:33
Work at the perfume counter, and you’ll smell like perfume. Work in the fish market, and you’ll smell like fish.
Companionships shape you: those you hang out with—and those you don’t.
Proverbs pegs some company to steer clear of . . .
Fools: “Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces” (13:20).
Gossips: “A gossip betrays a confidence, so avoid anyone who talks too much” (20:19).
Hotheads: “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared” (22:24–25).
Never bathe in dirty water.