Friends will always tell you what you need to hear, not what you want them to say. There are plenty of people in the world who will flatter you for their own purposes, but only a real friend-or an enemy- will risk your anger by telling the truth. And being a good person yourself, you should listen to your friends and welcome what they have to say.
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These ideas are important because it teaches you how to become a better friend, a better sibling etc. It makes you a better version of yourself.
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