From zero to infinity- a note on genuine friendship

I never thought I’d be able to say “I know exactly what you mean Justin Bieber” but here I am completely on the same page with him in this interview at 2:20.

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Jimmy: “You went and found people and sought after people who are going to change your life and inspire you.”

Justin: “What it was was that I just had a bunch of knuckleheads around me”

Boom.

We all know that the people we surround ourselves with are not only a reflection of ourselves but a huge influence in our daily lives.

The truth is, a year ago around this time of year, I wasn’t exactly the happiest person. In fact I felt quite alone. Sure, I had people to hang out with and talk to, but I didn’t have people I could really and truly count on or share myself with. Fast forward to today and I’m very happy to say that I have not one but 5 people in my life that I consider to be very important, consistent and impactful figures. I’ve been able to find and keep these individuals who are kind to me and love me for who I am.

I had to lose some people, and I’ve been let go by others simply because we weren’t making each other happy. I’ve hurt and been hurt, I had to get burnt a few times and lose trust. My patience and character had to be tested. I had to figure somethings out for myself. I had to become the kind of woman I want to be, little by little, 1% everyday, to become the kind of friend I wanted for myself. This wasn’t easy and it takes time and great effort. But surprisingly, the people I thought would be my “BFFL” turned out not to be, and the ones I never saw coming have changed me forever.

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The 5 VIP in my life know how much they mean to me. I learn so much from each and every one of them. How to pay it forward. What “through thick and thin/ride or die” really means. What a true friend really means.

They like me as a person and enjoy my company, even if I don’t really have anything to “give” them in return. They don’t judge me for what I do or don’t have. They have my best interests at heart and help me in whatever capacity they can. Their attitude and mindset match and push me to challenge expectations, the same way I will call them out on the very standard that they’ve set for me.

These relationships are all rooted in listening, surprise, mutual respect, help and love. I have days where some of my bad habits want to come back out and take over, but they’re there to remind me that I don’t have to be that person. Their patience alone has been generous.

To the 5 of you (you know who you are), Thank you for being you and for being a friend- for your loving, caring and sharing. Knowing you has healed my old wounds and has brought me one step closer to the kind of woman I want to be. The relationships I have with each and every one of you helps me to be confidently authentic, in business and life and for that I am forever grateful. You’ve helped me grow from zero to infinity.

Are you the kind of person you’d want to be friends with?

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To healthy mature friendships and more where they came from,

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“A true friend accepts you for who you are, but also helps you become who you should be.”

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