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In what other way can I put the following sentence without using 'like'?

I like being in the company of people who have achieved greatness.

Thank you.
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I enjoy being in the company of people who have achieved greatness.

I cherish the opportunity of being in the ......

I embrace the privilege of being.......

and so many other alternatives are possible
Actually I have to reduce the number of characters. Isn't there a one-word-substitution or something like that for it?
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enjoy is one word.

At the moment I can't think of a smaller word.

Let's see what others say
SokaActually I have to reduce the number of characters.
There is no word in English that is shorter than "like" and has the same meaning.

CJ
CJ,
What I mean is I'm looking for a one-word-substitution for the phrase "like being in the presence of", or a shorter form of writing the sentence.
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I like being in the company of people who have achieved greatness.

All of the following are shorter and quite similar in meaning:

I enjoy associating with successful people.
I like associating with successful people.
I like associating with great people.
I like being around successful people.
I like being around great people.

CJ
CalifJimI like being around great people.
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CalifJimI like associating with great people.
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Thanks CJ Emotion: smile