Business can be one dimensional experience trying to earn a living, or it can be part of the joy of life. In this article, I explore how collegial friendships can make all the difference.
In my mind, there is only one consideration when it comes to building lasting friendships:
"Can I trust this person"
It might take several years before the answer becomes a resounding ‘yes’ or ‘no’ but it is well worth the wait.
In one's personal life, a ‘yes’ to such a person makes the difference between a life worth living and one merely existing.
In business, this trust may open the door to a personal friendship or, at the least, a deep appreciation and goodwill beyond the confines of normal collegial interaction.
We can either close ourselves off to their influence through the torrent of life’s distractions or we can allow ourselves enough space to be influenced by those who have already won their way into this special place in our lives and feelings.
I’m all for the influence of good friends in my life. I want to hear their views. I insist upon them speaking their mind.