31 He who listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise. 32 He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding.
There are two choices: listen to those who are calling out behavior, or find those who only agree with you. The problem with finding people who only agree with you is, well, they are called “yes men” and no one wants to hang with a “yes man” unless you just want your ego stroked – the self-righteous who only want to hear that they are right.
Instead, try surrounding yourself with people who will be honest with you, people who will tell you honestly if you’re walking the right path.
The initial discomfort of honesty is far more comfortable than the long term discomfort of deceit.
On the flip side of the coin, what kind of a person are you with other people? There’s certainly a challenge to live in rigorous and tactful honesty. Where are your intentions?