Listening to a podcast yesterday, I discovered the best definition of “friend” that I have ever heard. The man being interviewed said, “A friend is someone who wants to see you succeed.” When I heard that definition it was like the world went still. And for the next few minutes, it echoed in my head.

“A friend is someone who wants to see you succeed.”

Through the many years I have been doing music, art, and all my other crazy endeavors, I have a very short list of people that I really believe want to see me succeed. I know hundreds, if not thousands of people, still, I confidently say the list of people that have gone out of their way to make sure I knew they believed in me and wanted me to succeed is short.

The people who aren’t on this list aren’t necessarily my enemies. And they all aren’t mean or hateful. Sure, some of them are. But for the most part, I just think people are busy with their own lives. They have their own things to do and their own worries to worry about. I understand that. I have my own life to worry about too and I neglect people around me more frequently than I’d like.

The people that are on the list are on it because they actively and purposely speak positively and encouragingly to me. They don’t just secretly want me to succeed, they tell me. Often. They positively impact my life, inspire me, and motivate me. They are a part of what I am doing, probably more than they realize. The people who really want me to succeed are helping me get there.

As artists, entrepreneurs, and people, I think we are better off if we do two things:

  1. Surround ourselves with people who want us to succeed.
  2. Be that same type of friend to as many others as possible.

Many of the most successful people I read and listen to all say the same thing–they want to help others and see them succeed. It seems to be such a common trait among many of my favorite businessmen, artists, authors, etc. They understand the difference true friendship can make and how important it is to reciprocate.

Take a minute to think about who your true friends are. Who encourages you and believes in you? Who really wants you to succeed?

Go and thank them. All of them. Just do it! They are the ones who are going to help you turn your dreams into reality.

To everyone who really believes in me and shares my blog posts, business and online store, thank you. You are what keeps me going on the rough days. I can’t tell you how good it feels when I see you share my posts and tell people to visit my sites. It makes my whole day better. I really do genuinely appreciate it.

Wherever I go and whatever I do, that short list of true friends is going to get most of the credit.

Remember: “A friend is someone who wants to see you succeed.”


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