Well, yeah. There's all kinds of sayings and famous quotes about "the company you keep". It does tend to influence you, whether good, bad, or indifferent.To me, it seems that his area and the people he associates with in it are one of the largest drawbacks. They aren't the brightest crayons, they aren't the deepest of thinkers, and they don't encourage him to be him- since they don't even know him. Would you say it's a good way to suffocate the INTP mind?
When I was a teenager, I read about Richard Branson and I wanted so bad to contact him. I wanted to meet him and say, "Put me to work. I want to learn how to build creative businesses." I knew in my heart I was capable of it. I was pumped about it. I was passionate about it. Well, I never did it. And I never started a business either. Now, some 15+ years later, I've only had jobs that I'm largely dissatisfied with. It's cuz I didn't WALK in the things I knew I'd be passionate about. I didn't act on them. I just "thought about them". Once you start putting one foot in front of the other, it gets a lot more fun and a lot more interesting. But, with that comes with a lot more hard work and responsibility. But, it's also fun work. And your dream gets closer every day. It's really not that far away - you just have to put thought into action. And be easy on yourself. Don't drive yourself like a slave - but, definitely, definitely, keep moving forward towards the dream, every single day.