If we want success, we need to spend time with people who have achieved it, and we should avoid people who have what Paramhansa Yogananda called "failure magnetism."
People, groups, even countries are influenced by their environment — we should strive to be ourself, Swami Kriyananda says, free from negative influences, but open to positive ones, like the those of saints.
Paramhansa Yogananda gave us the aphorism, "Environment is stronger than will power. How would you explain that?"
What techniques could we use to protect ourselves against negative influences?