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5 Ironclad Ways to Be A More Genuine Friend | Wealthy Gorilla

Don't judge your friends

Most of our judgments towards our friends are wrong, and doing so leads to you being judged wrongly too.

Do not form opinions and pass judgments (not even mentally) and be happy to see your friendships blossom.

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Socrates

Socrates

“Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm & constant.”

Don't Gossip

Most of us want to be popular and resort to tactics like showing of and gossiping. The long term affects of being a gossip monger (losing trust and respect) outweigh any short term popularity you get.

Don't judge your friends

Most of our judgments towards our friends are wrong, and doing so leads to you being judged wrongly too.

Do not form opinions and pass judgments (not even mentally) and be happy to see your friendships blossom.

Be a mystery

Be mysterious and surprising, and not an open book to your friends.

You become more likable and sought after, and meeting you is more fun for your friends too.

Be the peacemaker

Diplomacy and restraint go a long way and while it's obvious we should avoid fights, we can push that further to become peacemakers. Ensure any group conflicts are sorted out by actively driving everyone towards the good side.

Don't forget about yourself

Take care of yourself. Work towards your health, expertise, skills, and hobbies and be a positive example in your group. Make efforts to be happy and healthy in a progressive way and this will impact your relations.

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  • For instance, the death of a partner. Your survival is dependent on having close friends who can support you through difficult times.
  • Friends with different interests, strengths, and weaknesses provide a safe space to help us test our ideas and develop our character.
  • Friends with different talents can help us realize our own potential.
  • Our life expectancy increases with a network of reliable friends.

A key component of success

If friendship becomes another checkbox on your to-do list, you're probably going to miss out on good friendships.

If we put in some effort into learning how to become a good friend, the rest will come easier. With friendships, we live longer, with more laughter, less fear, and a higher quality of life.

Understanding friendships

Understand why some friends stay for years, while others fade away after a few months, or weeks. 

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Simple Friendships

  • Associate:  The relationship revolves around that specific thing, and you barely ever talk about anything else.
  • Useful Contact: With this type of friend, you exchange useful information, job opportunities, industry news, you introduce each other to people, exchange tips on good deals, etc. But, you don’t discuss personal matters with each other.
  • Favor Friend: This the type of friendship you could have with a nice colleague or neighbor. You help each other with the simple stuff.
  • Fun Friend: This is the type of friend that makes you take yourself less seriously. The friendship doesn’t require a lot of investment from you; it’s just about relaxing, having a drink, partying, laughing, etc. 
  • Helpmate

    This is like having two simple friendships in one; you socialize with this person, and you help each other as well. 

    This one you can ask for lifts to the airport, and call during emergencies like car accidents. You don’t rely on your helpmate for emotional support.

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    Having a weak circle of friends carries the same risk as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

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    You have probably met a large number of friends through just a handful of people. Those are your superconnectors. Rekindle those friendships and ask them if there is anyone you should meet.

    Connecting to people

    Don’t be interesting. Be interested.

    • Listen to people and ask them to tell you more. 
    • When they mention something you have in common, point it out.
    • Be enthusiastic and encouraging.

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