Excerpt from The Caravan of Remembering:
“When we look to this vision of our purpose and mission, and who we surround ourselves with, there is a correspondence between them. It makes a difference in the end. It changes the course of our lives. Our mission simply cannot be done without the influence, inspiration, and support of the right people. The question of whether or not we manifest our mission will come down to the environment we create for our life. Who is in that environment with us will be the most important question to ask about that environment.
“It is true that we can always transcend the environment. When you see examples of people who do this, you can ask yourself a couple of questions. Did the challenging environment itself create the motive to succeed in the dream? Did this person or group have to expend exponentially more life force to succeed in spite of it? In either case, the environment has a great influence on the life mission.
“If the environment is that important and the people in that environment are the most important elements in any environment in terms of life mission, then how we approach relationships may be crucial. How would we have to respond to the people in our life for them to help us create the possibility we imagine for our life mission? Who would we have to include in our circle of friends and colleagues? Who will we need to become? Manifesting life mission in this world often comes down to a community that believes in and wants to support your mission.”
Daniel Goodenough, The Caravan of Remembering, Chapter 4, pg. 79-80: