It can easily be said that sharing similar interests among friends or with your partner or spouse is one of the keys to a happy relationship. This can also be carried over to a business partnership. Just ask any company executive and they would be sure to agree with you.
It is up to you to find those similar interests no matter whom you associate with but be forewarned that there will always be someone close by who will try to give you some unsolicited advice. You need to take matters into your own hands, and it may not be a bad idea for you to make sure that your students are focused on the subject matter at hand.
There are friends and then there are friends. Some friends are acquaintances while others are closer to you. What makes a friend a closer friend? When you are both able to exchange ideas and take advice from each other. Sometimes however, you may find yourself tuning out advice that you may either not agree with or advice that you don't really one to accept. In most neighbourhoods you will be sure to find an abundance of friendly folks who are more than willing to offer advice on a plethora of subjects.
It may be safe to say that the advice you accept is that which comes from the one who is legitimate in your opinion. For example: If your friendly local contractors were to advise you to use concrete wall forms during the construction phase, then for sure you would heed their words of wisdom.
If someone were to try to give you advice on how to better shop for clothes and you were not convinced that they were a good dresser, then you would probably reject their advice. However, if one of your friends was working for an establishment and told you how to go about choosing the right type of tire for the winter, then surely! You would be listening attentively.
So it is all up to you! To take or not to take! To heed or not to heed! To listen or not to listen! What is it going to be? Are you going to take matters into your own hands and take control of the driver's wheel so to speak? Maybe you should think about it!