‘If you have great friendships you tend to be a better human’

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Brendon Burchard speaking about types of friends. He says there are three categories of friens:

  1. Old friends
  2. Maintenance friends
  3. Growth friends

Here’s what he has to say about growth friends;

Growth friends are people that you see your life evolving and maturing with. You see yourself having continual joy, fun, trust, adventures with these are people… You feel a kindred relationship with them… These are some of your best friends. This is is that tight group of you who stay together, that squad of you that’s always keeping in touch….

This is a group of friends that you want to focus most of your time, energy, and effort towards… You need to be diligent about making time for it. You need to say, ‘Hey, you know what? Guys, let’s all go to Vegas. Hey, you know what, girls, let’s all go do this.’

Whatever it is, you need to set times to have new adventures with them because it’s the new adventures and the new times together that grow the relationships. The best friendships of all are those relationships in the growth area that have these defining qualities that make them amazing…

These are people you deeply trust with stuff that you wouldn’t tell other people, sometimes even your family… You respect them, what they struggle with, what they challenge themselves with, what their dreams are, you respect how they hold themselves. You respect their values, their ethics…. And ultimately, there are people that you have a high degree of empathy for, for whatever reason, just your heart connects with them. You know, you care about them. You feel connected to them and you think about them, and you don’t know why you just do…

If you’ve got great friendships, you tend to be a better human. And that’s what we all need to strive for…

We all deserve to have great friendships. It’s one of the great joys of life. There are very few things in our lives that last as long as his friendships. There are very few things in our lives that can bring so much joy and connection as our friendships. There are very few things in life that can make us laugh as much and care as much as our friendships.

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