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The importance of friends and friendships

When it comes to having success and achieving your goals, it is important to understand the power of friends and friendships. A strong social network is vital to living a happy and successful life, and friends and friendships can help pick you up when things are going bad.

Everyone understands the power of networking, not just with friends and friendships, but with professional colleagues as well. We’ve all heard the statistics and anecdotes about how most jobs are filled not through the want ads but through a network of social contacts. These anecdotes are definitely true, and the wider your circle of friends and colleagues the greater your chances for success, both professionally and personally.

Of course, building this social network of friends and friendships can be difficult, particularly if you are in a new town surrounded by strangers. The fact is that the population today is more mobile than ever before, with many people moving 10 or more times in their lifetime. With this kind of mobility it can be difficult to enjoy the same stability of relationships that our parents generation knew.

When it comes to finding a new circle of friends and friendships, however, the modern world also offers advantages our parents never dreamed of. For one thing, the Internet, has allowed people to network no matter where in the world they are. Technology has also allowed people to meet online to discuss virtually any topic, from the most frivolous to the most serious.

What this means to your success is that you have the ability to expand your professional and social network far beyond your own town or city, into the national and even international community. Many savvy online businesses use this network of online friends and friendships to build word of mouth advertising for their products and services, and to spread the word far and wide about their new business venture. This type of viral marketing is far more effective, and far less costly than just about any other kind of advertising there is.

In addition to the power of the internet, it is important to not overlook the power of the local business and social scene as a source of business and personal friends and friendships. Most towns and cities have a chamber of commerce or similar business organization. Joining these organizations can be a great way to network with other professionals, learn from the experience of people who have been there, and increase your level of success in the business world.

Service organizations are another great way to attract friends and friendships, increase your level of professional success and feel good about helping your community. Giving back to the local community, through charitable contributions and service opportunities is a great way to increase your spiritual success, while at the same time making the friends and friendships that can be so important to personal growth and business success.

Whether you have been in business for one year or fifty years, it is important to recognize how important friends and friendships are to success, both of the professional and personal kind. Success in business will mean nothing if it is not coupled with a happy and fulfilling personal life. It is often said that business success and personal success go hand in hand, and it is difficult if not impossible to have one without the other.

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