If you play with a mouse, and then straight afterwards go to your pet python for some petting, don’t be surprised if the python swallows your hand.
A python is programmed to eat mice.
If your hand reeks of mouse, the python will eat your hand.
If your life entails regularly holding pythons, rather steer clear of holding mice. And vice versa.
This applies to business and life.
If you spend time with crooks, don’t be surprised if your integrity is questioned when you win a tender from a legitimate enterprise.
If you spend time with liars, don’t be surprised if people don’t take your words on face value.
Don’t play with a python if you’ve just played with a mouse.