The problem with following he heard is since your all going the same speed and the same direction, the probability of rising above the rest is limited. Walking a different direction on your own. You move at the speed you want to move and you go what ever route you want. Once a sheep always a sheep.
Become a better version of you, be known for what you have accomplished, don’t get me wrong that doesn’t mean leave your friends fully. It means you don’t have tpo follow each other like little little lost puppies. You can’t let someone make the decisions for you.
All you need is a direction and the correct mindset in what you want to do, don’t follow around other people just because they want to do something different. Leaver them to it and be your own person. Become what you want to become don’t try become someone your not just to sty friends with people. That’s not how life works. It’s not about being liked, It’s about accomplishing your dreams and making the best of yourself