Posts tagged relationships
How to Build a Life of Maximum Return

As I grow up and try my hand at this whole “adult” thing, I’ve been putting a lot of thought and energy into the idea of investments. Whether it’s stocks or real estate, passive or aggressive, dividends or no dividends, simple or complicated, there are an endless number of strategies and theories that claim to be the best way to invest. The more I do my homework, the more conversations I have and the more I ask myself what I truly want out of life, I’ve begun to realize that the theories that steer the way we invest also steer many other areas of our lives.

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An Invitation to Friendship

Friendship is such a unique relationship because of the diverse nature of them. It would seem that relationships are tracked along this slow incline of a timeline. So the longer you’ve known each other, the better friends you should be. Time would seem like a good gauge of friendship in my opinion. But what I’ve noticed is that the timeline has very little to do with the actual depth of the friendship. One friendship could come into your life and within moments, it’s clear that you’ll be best friends for life. Others, after months or even years of living life with them, still haven’t made it past the “phase of life” sort of friendship.

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Are You Asking Too Much Too Soon?

Everything around us has been engineered for immediacy — notifications, apps and fast food are all heralds of the "have it now" culture that we live in. Not that I'm complaining! I, like everyone else, enjoys having what I want in my hands within minutes or sometimes seconds. We really are living in a unique time in history.

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Beyond business cards: how to become a great conversationalist

Last night I was at a work party that we were hosting - it was full of friends, family and business connections, most of whom I didn't know. While I'm an advocate of expanding your network, I personally enjoy building relationships one-on-one through mutual connections. It lends credibility by way of your shared friend and it allows both parties to engage one another without twenty interruptions from people jumping in to "say hey". Despite my personal preferences, this was the perfect position to meet some interesting people. Everyone there was friends with my boss so we instantly had something to talk about. On top of that, since we are a marketing firm, our clients come from any industry you can imagine which strengthens our network. But most of all, these were people who were genuinely interesting - people who had something to offer that wasn't industry specific.

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You are the Average of Your Friend Group

Moving back to Baton Rouge after having been away for most of four years has opened my eyes to the power of context within community. Context refers to space and environment in which your life is lived out. To illustrate, if two brothers decided to go to different schools - one to Liberty University and the other to UCLA, though they come from the same background, they're both students and they both are attending school, their context is quite different and it is highly plausible that they will return after graduation as vastly different people. The characters of a story shape the plot and the hero.

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