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7 Types Of Friends That Are Worth Spending Time With

7 Types Of Friends That Are Worth Spending Time With

Friends are the family that we choose for ourselves. Everyone needs a best friend who can make us laugh until we cry.

People also all need someone who we can call after a tough day, as well as someone who is brutally honest – and someone at work who can make the whole office a happier place. Most people need lots of types of friends, who can support them and help them in totally different ways. When they have lots of different friendships, they can express more of themselves.

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Here are 7 types of friends that everyone should have for a happy and fulfilling life.

1. The Crazy Friend

The crazy friend is the person who constantly pushes you out of your comfort zone. They challenge you as a person, and together you do things that you would never do alone. This friend encourages you to experience new things, and because of them, you have become a more fearless person. Whether they suggest skydiving or a night of drinking, you say yes because you know it’s going to be an awesome time.

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2. The Honest Friend

Sometimes you have to hear the truth, even if it is harsh. If you are in a negative relationship or slacking at work, some friends won’t say anything; they will just let you get on with your life. However, the honest friend will always tell you the truth, which is refreshing and constructive. Although it may be hard to hear at the time, you know that they always have your back and want you to be happy.

3. The Long-Term Friend

The long-term friend has known you for years, and sometimes it seems like they know you better than you know yourself. They know all about your flaws and past mistakes, but they don’t judge you and they love you unconditionally. You know that this friendship is for life, and you love having someone in your life that you can always rely on.

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4. The Gossipy Friend

After a drama-filled day, you are feeling stressed and annoyed. Someone has got on your nerves, and you need to vent. This is when the gossipy friend comes in handy; they are always happy to listen to your problems, and when you have finished ranting, they always have advice or a joke to improve your mood. After you speak to them, you feel like a weight has been lifted from your shoulders.

5. The Work Friend

If you have a full-time job, you spend a lot of your waking hours at work, so it is important to have a work friend who can make you smile during the day. Work can be stressful and difficult, but this friend is always willing to listen and have a chat. You can relate to each other as you have similar careers, and they are the only person who truly understands your work struggles.

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6. The Loyal Friend

This is the friend who you can tell all of your secrets to, and you know that they will never tell anyone else. They don’t judge you, and they will always be there for you. You trust them implicitly, and you know that they are a friend for life.

7. The Friend You Admire

This is a friend who you look up to and admire. They inspire you, and they encourage you to be the best version of yourself. When you are with them you feel like a better person, and they are a mentor to you. You hope to follow in their footsteps because they have a successful and happy life. It is important to have a friend like this as they push you forward in life and help you to reach your goals.

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Last Updated on June 19, 2019

6 Ways to Be a Successful Risk Taker and Take More Chances

6 Ways to Be a Successful Risk Taker and Take More Chances

I’ve stood on the edge of my own personal cliffs many times. Each time I jumped, something different happened. There were risks that started off great, but eventually faded. There were risks that left me falling until I hit the ground. There were risks that started slow, but built into massive successes.

Every risk is different, but every risk is the same. You need to have some fundamentals ready before you jump, but not too many.

It wouldn’t be a risk if you knew everything that was about to happen, would it? Here’re 6 ways to be a successful risk taker.

1. Understand That Failure Is Going to Happen a Lot

It’s part of life. Everything we do has failure attached to it. All successful people have stories of massive failure attached to them. Thinking that your risk is going to be pain free and run as smooth as silk is insane.

Expect some pain and failure. Actually, expect a lot of it. Expect the sleepless nights with crazy thoughts of insecurity that leave you trembling under the covers. It’s going to happen, no matter how positive you are about the risk you are about to take.

When failure hits, the only options are to keep going or quit. If you expect falling into a meadow of flowers and frolicking unicorns, then you’re going to immediately quit once you realize that getting to that meadow requires you to go through a rock filled cave filled with hungry bats.

2. Trust the Muse

Writing a story isn’t a big risk. It’s really just a risk on my time. So when I start writing a story, I’m scared it will be time wasted. Of course, it never really is. Even if the story doesn’t turn out fabulous, I still practiced.

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When I’ve taken risks in my life, the successful ones always seemed to happen when I followed the muse. Steven Pressfield describes the muse,

“The Muse demands depth. Shallow does not work for her. If we’re seeking her help, we can’t stay in the kiddie end. When we work, we have to go hard and go deep.”

The muse is a goddess who wants our attention and wants us to work on our passion.

If you’re taking a risk in anything, it’s assumed that there is some passion built up behind that risk. That passion, deep inside you, is the muse. Trust it, focus on it, listen to it.

The most successful articles and stories I write are the ones I’ve focused all my attention on. There were no interruptions during their creative development. I didn’t check my phone or go watch my Twitter feed. I was fully engaged in my work.

Trust the muse, focus your attention on your risk, let the ideas and path develop themselves, and leave the distractions at the side of the road.

3. Remember to Be Authentic

Taking a risk and then turning into something you’re not, is only going to lead to disaster. Whether you are risking a new relationship or new opportunity, you must be yourself throughout the entire process.

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How many times have you acted like you loved something just because the men or woman you just started going out with loved it?

For example, I’m not an office worker. I have an incredibly hard time working in a confined timeline (ie. 9-5). That’s why I write. I can do it whenever the mood strikes, I don’t have somebody breathing down my neck, telling me that I’m five minutes late, or missed a comma somewhere. I don’t have to walk on eggshells wondering if what I’m writing will get me fired or make me lose a promotion. I can just be myself, period.

One girlfriend didn’t understand that. She believed solely in the 9-5 motto, specifically something in human resources because that was a very stable job. I was scared for my future, but I stuck with the relationship because of my own insecurities and acted like I would do it to make her happy.

Here’s a tip: NEVER take away from your happiness to make somebody else satisfied (note I didn’t say happy).

Making somebody else happy will make you happy. Doing something to satisfy somebody is murder on your soul.

4. Don’t Take Any Risks While You’re Not Clearheaded

I’d been considering the risk for a couple weeks. It all sounded good. I was 22 and I could be rich in a couple of years. That’s what they were selling me, anyways.

One night, while at a house party with some friends, I found myself at a computer. A couple of my friends were standing nearby and asked me what I was doing. I told them I was considering starting my own business and it was only going to cost me $1,500.

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Of course, when a bunch of drunk people are surrounded by more drunk people, things get enthusiastic. It sounded like the best business venture in the world to everybody, including me. So I signed up and gave them my credit card number.

A few painful months and close to $4,000 dollars lost later, I quit the business. I was young and fell into the pyramid scheme trap. It was an expensive drunk decision.

Drinking heavily and making decisions has a proven track record of failure. So when you have something important to decide, don’t let your emotions take over your brain.

5. Fully Understand What You’re Risking

It was the start of my baseball comeback. I got a tryout with a professional scout and killed it. After the tryout, he talked to my girlfriend and myself, making sure we understood I would be gone for up to 6 months at a time. That strain on the relationship could be tough.

We understood. I left to play ball, chose to stay in the city I played in, and a year later we broke up. Not because of baseball, see point 3 above. Taking big risks can have massive impacts on everything in your life from relationships to money. Know what you’re risking before you take the risk.

If you believe the risk will be worth it or you have the support you need from your family, then go ahead and make the leap.

You can get more guidance on how to take calculated risks from this article: How to Take Calculated Risk to Achieve More and Become Successful

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6. Remember This Is Your One Shot Only

As far as we know officially, this is our one shot at life, so why not take some risks?

The top thing people are saddened by on their deathbeds are these regrets. They wish they did more, asked that girl in the coffee shop out, spoke out when they should have, or did what they were passionate about.

Don’t regret. Learn and experience. Live. Take the risks you believe in. Be yourself and make the world a better place.

Now go ahead, take that risk and be successful at it!

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