I believe that our inner circle needs to be filled with strong, supportive people who know who they are and what they want. People who will not let us fall, stumble maybe, but mostly they help us soar. I believe this enables us to be our best and to reach out then to others who need to be lifted.
"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great." Mark Twain I've always found that the really bright or gifted people never make you feel bad.