Hollywood actor Will Smith is advising teens to dump their delinquent pals if they're serious about getting ahead in the world.

The MEN IN BLACK star, a father of three, believes today's youngsters should shun peer pressure to hold themselves back by making big changes in their social circles.

He says, "The best thing that anybody ever said to me is that you're only as good as the people you associate with. Look at the five friends that you spend the most time with - that's who you are.

"When I was a kid, I looked around and wasn't very impressed. If you're the smartest person in your squad, then you need a new squad. Be around people you want to be like or who will advance you."

13/07/2004 09:24