Redefining Friendship in Business.
Hi there beautiful people,
I am with you as always even though I have had to take little time out for my spiritual consciousness which I once talked about here. On this journey, I have realized that I am blessed with a good number of friends. The number of “friends “on social media can be misleading so I am thankful for real people who not only follow me but that we have a connection .
The truth is people get carried away by the number of friends and followers they have on social media and forget or should I say neglect their real friends. Thankfully, I have been able to categorize my friends into 3 major segments:
1. The people I have met in person with whom I share some connection with and I am interested in keeping in touch with regularly.
2. Friends of friends that I meet at an event or through work and I am interested in pursuing further friendship with.
3. Strictly work based connection with whom I am comfortable with at arm’s length.
All my friends emanated from different areas of my life – church, school, work, events, business, social media etc. I also like to critically examine the relationships in my life by weighing the value each brings so that I don’t waste time and energy nurturing the wrong friendship that can unintentionally bring me down or make me aim lower. I believe ultimately in making myself happy while trying to please others.
Attitude is one key ingredient that I look out for when making friends. Do they make me feel great after each conversation; can we talk about everything honestly? Can they offer helpful advice, will I feel empowered and not stressed, threatened or exploited.
I have had a good number of instances that I have had serious issues in defining friendship in business, trust me if I penciled that down here it would really be a very long post. Anyways, I have done a general analysis of my thoughts on the subject.
Here are a few issues to note when dealing with friends in business:
State your normal price and offer them discount otherwise you might be wasting energy, time and resources, I will advise you do a 20% discount .Handle your transaction as professional as can be, learn to speak your mind .
If they don’t appreciate you, move on and don’t allow yourself to be humiliated, mocked or disgraced especially when your dignity is attacked .
Some people will do anything to use you for their person gain. Beware!!!
Always take out time for yourself (Me Time), whatever decision you are going to make still depends on you, learn to be your own best friend and think peacefully without pressure.
Create a balance with your friends in order for them to respect your business.
Encourage each other especially on personal growth and improvement.
Learn to accept the truth from each other.
Listen to each other and help resolve problems.
I have been blessed with some long standing friendship from high school, some of whom I still keep regular contact with till date .My friend Aramide Oluwateniola Harrison is one of them, she represents true friendship. I have known her for over 25 years. She is a chartered account and a great sister from another mother in whom I am very proud. She has been my number one fan, marketer and supporter.
I would love to know how you handle friendship and business.Please share your experience below.
Hugs and Kisses,