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15 Things That You Would Only Experience With Real Friends

15 Things That You Would Only Experience With Real Friends

1.They understand that you have responsibilities and don’t tease you about it.

True friends understand if you have a family to hang out with, school work to complete, or a job to go to- and they don’t give you a hard time because of it. They understand that you cannot do Thirsty Thursday because you need to wake up on Friday to make sure the bills get paid.

2.They are there for you no matter what.

It doesn’t matter what time you call them, they will be there for you. They might not be happy about waking up to come get you, but they will.

3.They are there to help you move.

This is usually when you separate your casual friends from your real friends because everyone hates moving. So the ones that will help you move, (with maybe a six pack as payment), are your true friends.

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4.They don’t keep track of the favors they do for you, and you do the same for them.

There isn’t a score board between you two because there is no need for one. You spot them money for food this time, because they bought food for you last time. It’s not a problem.

5.There are countless social media exchanges

Usually, no one else understands the jokes and memes you both share on each other’s pages, but who cares! The two of you understand and that is all that matters!

6.They are happy that you are succeeding in life

They are legitimately happy that you are succeeding. This is not the fake kind of happy either…you know, the kind of happy where they secretly hate you and feel the need to one-up your stories of success?

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7.They are honest

They will tell you when your makeup is not on fleek, and when you need to redraw your eyebrows- or if the person you’re dating is a waste of time (regardless of how you feel about your knight in shining foil).

8.They can reminisce with you the entire night

Real friends don’t always need to go out and rage to have fun. They are completely fine with sitting back and reliving the times when you did rage on a Friday night…

9. But they are also eager to make new memories

Just because they love to reminisce with you doesn’t mean that you have stopped making new memories together.

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10.They don’t even let you finish the whole joke

This is mainly because they have heard the punchline a million times before and are already laughing.

11.They have been a taxi service when you needed a ride

Your real friends have woken up at 5am in the morning before to give you a ride to the airport- and you have done the same for them. They have also stayed up until the early hour of 3am, sober, to drive you home after having a fun night out.

12.They helped you climb up from rock bottom

Real friends stick with you when times get tough. They remind you that things will always get better and help you get out of the hole you’re in. True friends stay behind to help you, and they make the fair-weather friends that scatter like roaches look awful.

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13.Their closet is half yours. Yours is half theirs.

Whose sweater is this, anyway? It doesn’t matter, as long as it’s in someone’s closet so you can both wear it in the future.

14.They still love you after seeing you projectile vomit everywhere.

They have seen the gross and disgusting side of you, and they have probably been there themselves. They may make you clean up the puke off their walls, floors, guest bed and everywhere else- but they still love you.

15. They are your other half- which creates a whole idiot.

They have been, and will always be, there to create, love, and cherish the craziest and stupidest moments in your life.

Featured photo credit: Friendship- Paulo Otávio via flickr.com

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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