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15 Reasons You Should Never Lose Your Childhood Best Friends

15 Reasons You Should Never Lose Your Childhood Best Friends

Keeping in touch with your childhood best friends can be a wonderful decision. Not only will you have someone who understands you better than most, you’ll have forged a very special relationship. Childhood best friends have a unique perspective on your life, and understand you in special ways. Your favorite games and pranks may be long gone, but your mutual trust and support remains. It’s time to dust off your pixelated video games, and grab your ball and bat—there are some things about you only childhood best friends will understand.

They make us keep a childlike trust

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    Nothing is quite as pure as childhood trust. Childhood best friends teach us how important a genuine friendship is.

    They ignored your awkward stage

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      Childhood best friends inherently know how important it is to ignore awkward qualities. After all, they helped you through those tricky preteen years.

      They know your family

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        Childhood best friends also know your quirks and struggles better than anyone, since they’ve spent a lot of time with your family.

        They know your hometown

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          Likewise, your childhood best friends are likely from the same hometown. This means they’ve seen how far you’ve come, so you don’t have to explain it.

          They support you no matter what

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            Childhood best friends understand how to be supportive, since they saw you through some of your most turbulent years.

            They push you to be better

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              At the same time, however, childhood best friends always know when we need a little push to be our best.

              They get you through challenges

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                Childhood best friends also understand what it takes to overcome some of the toughest challenges in life. From awkward moments to heartbreaks, your childhood best friends are there through it all.

                They’ve shared true bonding experiences with you

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                  This means your childhood best friends have bonds with you that other people will likely never come close to.

                  You never need to give them a summary of your life

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                    You never need to waste time explaining your life, because your childhood best friend lived it, too.

                    They never make you feel embarrassed

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                      And since they’ve been there through it all, they know how to not embarrass you. You’ve done enough of that on your own.

                      They love your quirks

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                        Though some people might be put off by your eccentricities, the true childhood best friend loves them.

                        Their house is your house

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                          Childhood best friends know they can walk in without knocking, and you know you can do the same at your place.

                          They hate the same people

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                            Since childhood best friends have a front row seat to your ups and downs, they know why certain people drive you crazy.

                            They’re like an extra memory bank

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                              Childhood best friends understand the importance of telling a story right, and will always fill in the blanks when you forget details.

                              They reminisce with you

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                                Similarly, childhood best friends are always there when you need to get nostalgic about the good old days.

                                Featured photo credit: Ten friends do a selfie in the park via shutterstock.com

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                                Last Updated on November 26, 2020

                                How Relationships Building Helps Achieve Career Success

                                How Relationships Building Helps Achieve Career Success

                                As playwright Wilson Mizner supposedly said all the way back in the 1930s,

                                “Be kind to everyone on the way up; you will meet the same people on the way down.”

                                The adage is the perfect prototype for relationship building in 2020, although we may want to expand Mizner’s definition of “kind” to include being helpful, respectful, grateful, and above all, crediting your colleagues along the way.

                                5 Ways to Switch on Your Relationship Building Magnetism

                                Relationship building does not come easily to all. Today’s computer culture makes us more insular and less likely to reach out—not to mention our new work-from-home situation in which we are only able to interact virtually. Still, relationship building remains an important part of career engagement and success, and it gets better with practice.

                                Here are five ways you can strengthen your relationships:

                                1. Advocate for Other’s Ideas

                                Take the initiative to speak up in support of other team members’ good ideas. Doing so lets others know that the team’s success takes precedence over your needs for personal success. Get behind any colleague’s innovative approach or clever solution and offer whatever help you can give to see it through. Teammates will value your vote of confidence and your support.

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                                2. Show Compassion

                                If you learn that someone whom you work with has encountered difficult times, reach out. If it’s not someone you know well, a hand-written card expressing your sympathy and hopes for better times ahead could be an initial gesture. If it’s someone with whom you interact regularly, the act could involve offering to take on some of the person’s work to provide a needed reprieve or even bringing in a home-cooked dish as a way to offer comfort. The show of compassion will not go unnoticed, and your relationship building will have found a foothold.

                                3. Communicate Regularly

                                Make an effort to share any information with team members that will help them do their jobs more effectively. Keeping people in the loop says a lot about your consideration for what others need to deliver their best results.

                                Try to discover the preferred mode of communication for each team member. Some people are fine relying on emails; others like to have a phone conversation. And once we can finally return to working together in offices, you may determine that face-to-face updates may be most advantageous for some members.

                                4. Ask for Feedback

                                Showing your willingness to reach out for advice and guidance will make a positive impression on your boss. When you make it clear that you welcome and can accept pointers, you display candor and trust in what opinions your superior has to offer. Your proclivity towards considering ways of improving your performance and strengthening any working interactions will signal your strong relationship skills.

                                If you are in a work environment where you are asked to give feedback, be generous and compassionate. That does not mean being wishy-washy. Try always to give the type of feedback that you wouldn’t mind receiving.

                                5. Give Credit Where It’s Due

                                Be the worker who remembers to credit staffers with their contributions. It’s a surprisingly rare talent to credit others, but when you do so, they will remember to credit you, and the collective credit your team will accrue will be well worth the effort.

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                                How Does Relationship Building Build Careers?

                                Once you have strengthened and deepened your relationships, here are some of the great benefits:

                                Work Doesn’t Feel So Much Like Work

                                According to a Gallup poll, when you have a best friend at work, you are more likely to feel engaged with your job. Work is more fun when you have positive, productive relationships with your colleagues. Instead of spending time and energy overcoming difficult personalities, you can spend time enjoying the camaraderie with colleagues as you work congenially on projects together. When your coworkers are your friends, time goes by quickly and challenges don’t weigh as heavily.

                                You Can Find Good Help

                                It’s easier to ask for assistance when you have a good working relationship with a colleague. And with office tasks changing at the speed of technology, chances are that you are going to need some help acclimating—especially now that work has gone remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

                                Much of relationship building rests on your genuine expressions of appreciation toward others. Showing gratitude for another’s help or for their willingness to put in the extra effort will let them know you value them.

                                Mentors Come Out of the Woodwork

                                Mentors are proven to advance your professional and career development. A mentor can help you navigate how to approach your work and keep you apprised of industry trends. They have a plethora of experience to draw from that can be invaluable when advising you on achieving career success and advancement.

                                Mentors flock to those who are skilled at relationship building. So, work on your relationships and keep your eyes peeled for a worthy mentor.

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                                You Pull Together as a Team

                                Great teamwork starts with having an “abundance mentality” rather than a scarcity mentality. Too often, workers view all projects through a scarcity mentality lens. This leads to office strife as coworkers compete for their piece of the pie. But in an abundance mentality mode, you focus on the strengths that others bring rather than the possibility that they are potential competitors.

                                Instead, you can commit relationship building efforts to ensure a positive work environment rather than an adversarial one. When you let others know that you intend to support their efforts and contribute to their success, they will respond in kind. Go, team!

                                Your Network Expands and So Does Your Paycheck

                                Expand your relationship building scope beyond your coworkers to include customers, suppliers, and other industry stakeholders. Your extra efforts can lead to extra sales, a more rewarding career, and even speedy professional advancement. And don’t overlook the importance of building warm relationships with assistants, receptionists, or even interns.

                                Take care to build bridges, not just to your boss and your boss’s boss but with those that work under you as well. You may find that someone who you wouldn’t expect will put in a good word for you with your supervisor.

                                Building and maintaining good working relationships with everyone you come in contact with can pay off in unforeseen ways. You never know when that underling will turn out to be the company’s “golden child.” Six years from now you may be turning to them for a job. If you have built up a good, trusting work relationship with others along your way, you will more likely be considered for positions that any of these people may be looking to fill.

                                Your Job Won’t Stress You Out

                                Study shows that some 83 percent of American workers experience work-related stress.[1] Granted, some of that stress is now likely caused by the new pandemic-triggered workplace adjustments, yet bosses and management, in general, are reportedly the predominant source of stress for more than one-third of workers.

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                                Having meaningful connections among coworkers is the best way to make work less stressful. Whether it is having others whom to commiserate with, bounce ideas off, or bring out your best performance, friendships strengthen the group’s esprit de corps and lower the stress level of your job.

                                Your Career Shines Bright

                                Who would you feel better about approaching to provide a recommendation or ask for promotion: a cold, aloof boss with whom you have only an impersonal relationship or one that knows you as a person and with whom you have built a warm, trusting relationship?

                                Your career advancement will always excel when you have a mutual bond of friendship and appreciation with those who can recommend you. Consider the plug you could receive from a supervisor who knows you as a friend versus one who remains detached and only notices you in terms of your ability to meet deadlines or attain goals.

                                When people fully know your skills, strengths, personality, and aspirations, you have promoters who will sing your praises with any opportunity for advancement.

                                Final Thoughts

                                At the end of the day, it is “who you know” not “what you know.” When you build relationships, you build a pipeline of colleagues, work partners, team members, current bosses, and former bosses who want to help you—who want to see you succeed.

                                At its core, every business is a people business. Making a point to take the small but meaningful actions that build the foundation of a good relationship can be instrumental in cultivating better relationships at work.

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                                Reference

                                [1] The American Institute of Stress: 42 Worrying Workplace Stress Statistics

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