Avoid Bad Company


I wanted to take my column space this week to share a message that I believe is key to success in middle and high school.  The basis of this message comes from a words often delivered by East Carolina University Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeil.  While I didn’t come up with it on my own, I am going to expand upon it and offer it as some of the best advice I or your parents can possibly give.



Avoid Bad Company.   Quite often in middle school and high school through no true fault of your own, you can find yourself becoming part of a group that may have kids with a greater interest in trouble and clowning around versus preparing themselves for the future.   Their actions can begin to bring you down and eventually pull you right into committing the same action.   Kids that have been raised really well and know the difference between right and wrong can become lost in the middle and high school shuffle and become part of the group of Bad Company.


If you have long range goals and want to become a respectable member of society as you grow older, now is the time to begin to ABC, (avoid bad company.)   If you choose to run with the crowd that shows no respect for themselves or for others, I can promise you that the same traps and pitfalls they will experience will eventually lead to your downfall and earn you a spot in the Bad Company group.


Every choice you make in middle school, high school and beyond has the possibility of being the one that sets you on a course of self-destruction with no exits on the highway for many years.   Poor decisions can take away your opportunity to attend college, they can lead you into the court system and they can take your life.  Trust me, it can happen to you, no one is immune  from trouble when they make poor choices and hang out with Bad Company.


Look around at your current group, are these kids going places, are they striving to be successful?  Are they respectful to others, are you proud to bring them into your own house and let them meet your family or do you keep your family away from them?


As Coach McNeil and many others preach, Avoid Bad Company, surround yourself with friends that have the same goals in life as you do.  Don’t let a poor decision or the influence from Bad Company set your life on a path to trouble.



Thanks for listening.