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Friday, May 4, 2012

The Company You Keep

 "The best mirror is a friend's eye." – Gaelic Proverb

Everyone knows that your closest friend can tell you things about yourself that you may find difficult to see. True friends will be honest with you and tell you how some of your behavior harms your chances for success in love, family and business.

However, there are other things a friend can tell you without ever saying a word. Look at your closest friends. What is the condition of their lives? Are they happy with where they are in life? Are they successful? Do they struggle financially? Do they gossip about other people’s faults instead of taking deliberate actions to improve themselves?

There are many more questions you can ask about your closest friends. If your friends are unsatisfied with the condition of their lives and struggle financially, get ready. You are headed for the same.

If you understand your friends’ view of life, you understand that they are close to you because you most likely share similar views. If you do not like what you see, find new friends to mirror.

On the other hand, if you have friends that stretch your imagination and expose you to new and exciting events and perspectives, you are on a great path. That is, if your friends hold a powerful vision for their future and are comfortable financially, know that you are most likely on the same path.

In the end, regardless of who your friends are, strive to be a valuable contributor. You can be the catalyst for moving your friends in a new and empowering direction. 

Granted, if they want to stay in their unhappy comfort zone, you have a very tough choice to make. Are you bold enough to stand up for your future? 

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