Remember how actors and singers always have a long list of friends, family and mentors to thank during their acceptance speech? It’s no surprise that having quality friendships can improve your life and enable you to achieve your goals. After all, good friends pick you up when you are feeling down, let you vent your frustrations and give you good advice. Conversely, having poor friendships can be detrimental to your well-being and happiness. Want to be successful? Be mindful of who your friends are! Success is not just a ‘one-person’ effort. Your interactions and relationships are a crucial part of your success story. Find out if you have the right people in your life to become the best version of yourself!
Have you ever looked at your friend and thought, “Wow, I just want to be like them”? Be it their outstanding achievements or amazing soft skills, they inspire you to become a better version of yourself. They’re almost like the older sibling that you never had! Talk to them if you are feeling lost or facing some difficulties. Since they’ve been there and done that, their experience and advice can help you overcome the difficulties that you are facing. What’s more, they can point you in the right direction and guide you in your personal growth journey.
“Every cloud has a silver lining”. I’m sure we all have that one friend who looks at the bright side of things, no matter how terrible the situation. Keep these friends close. They are a positive ball of energy that lifts you up when the going gets tough. Apart from that, they allow you to see the unlimited potential in yourself! To them, no idea is silly, no dream is too unrealistic. Reach out to them to validate your dreams and give yourself the confidence to take the leap of faith.
The Brutally Honest
They’re honest but not rude. Think of them as the devil’s advocate and the ones who will give you constructive criticism. Being friends does not necessarily mean always agreeing with your opinions. Having someone who lets you know what you need to hear, even if you might not like it, will do more good than harm. They let you know about weaknesses and areas of improvement and enable you to become a better version of yourself! Perhaps, their fresh perspectives can even give you a wake up call and stop you from making a bad decision!
The Fun Seeker
Sometimes being successful means getting out of your comfort zone to do things that you have never done. No doubt, you’re comfortable in our little bubble. But it is only when you are out of our comfort zone are you able to learn and grow. Afraid to sign up for an event or a course alone? Bring along your friend who’s down for anything! They will make trying something new less scary and encourage you to explore and figure yourself out.
At the end of the day, we all need someone whom we can trust and open up to. It gets tiring to wear a mask and maintain your composure everyday, especially when you are going through tough times. Friends who can understand your frustrations and accept you for who you are will keep you sane in the midst of a chaos. When you need a shoulder to cry on, this friend will be there. When you just need a listening ear to vent, this friend will be listening attentively without being judgemental.
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” While success requires your determination and hard work, they are often achieved with the support from our friends and family. Treasure those who help you grow as a successful person.