Recently, I watched a Rob Bell video titled "Dust" in which he describes the historical context of a rabbi and his disciples. It's definitely relevant to us today.
A disciple followed his rabbi wherever he went to learn everything he taught and to become like him. Those who were not chosen to become a student of a rabbi learned a trade or some kind of business and had teachers in those respective areas.
The environment you're in and people you spend time with and hang out with will affect your thought pattern and who you become. Ultimately, we should seek to follow Jesus as our rabbi and allow Him to teach us as He taught the disciples. In each situation you're in and every person you interact with strive to follow Him and learn The Rabbi's teachings for life.
In pursuit of His best,