Do not tolerate being vilified. Distance yourself from those who seek to take underhanded jabs at you while maintaining their innocence. Such behavior barks of immaturity and a complete disregard for the feelings of others.
This is so true! We do not get better by being around people who do not challenge us, push us, and spur us on. If you remain among those who cannot challenge you, you will soon begin to lose your ground and progress backward rather than forward.