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George's philosophy was based on his belief that negative peer pressure was something that needed to be avoided. He surrounded himself with people who thought like he did, valued the same things, and credits his friends and family with making him feel that he was worthy.
It’s hard to have the confidence, especially in the teen years, to stand up for what you believe is right when people all around you are pulled in another direction. That’s where having positive friendships can really help. If you find the right guys to hang with— guys you trust, who share your values and your friendship— you’ll find that you can stand up to almost anything.
Davis, Sampson; Jenkins, George; Hunt, Rameck; Page, Lisa Frazier. The Pact (p. 102). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.