Question is, do you know that you can accurately predict where you’ll be five years from now? You can easily know where you’ll be going, what you’ll be doing, and what your income level will be. If you want to know how, the answer is simple: by the company you keep. The people you associate with have a major impact and influence on your personal life. You can tell where most people are going to end up in life simply based on who they hang around with. For your long-term success, you simply must choose the right friends. Here are some secrets to doing so:

Show me your friend and I will tell you who you are. There is a common saying that Birds of the same feather flock together. If your friend is bad, You will also be labelled as wicked.

Choose friends with similar values. when it comes to your general values and beliefs, it’s best to keep core friendships with like-minded people. Choose friends with common goals. I like to call these your purpose partners. When you have friends with common goals, you can help each other. Choose friends that stretch, motivate and encourage you. These types of friends are also great purpose partners. No one wants a friend that is negative or down all the time. It’s usually the people that are uplifting and positive that we naturally want to be around. Choose friends that share the same interests. Friends with similar interests simply make life more fun. You can enjoy outings and activities together. Give what you expect to get.


Every friendship is a give-and-take. If you expect great friends, you first have to be one yourself. A friend is someone who “sticks closer than a brother or sister.”

Establish priorities. Online friendships are often based on a shared interest, such as a hobby. However, having common values is more important than having similar interests. Get out and meet people.

There is nothing quite the same as face-to-face conversation, where you and another person can observe the subtle nuances of voice tone, facial expression, and body language.

I dare you – “Write a letter and mail it to your friend”

Write a letter. Old-fashioned as it may seem, letter writing sends the message that you care enough about someone to give him or her your undivided attention.

Real friendship involves more than just keeping in touch. It requires that you and your friend display love, empathy, patience, and forgiveness. Those qualities ultimately make a friendship rewarding. But they are difficult to display when you only talk online or use only the phone and text chats. Have you got a real friend or someone that is quick to stab you in the back?