by Paul Casey

A Different Kind of Measuring Stick

The other day I heard in a podcast that we should measure our wealth by the quality of our friendships. I really liked that because people matter most! Money comes and goes. An endless pursuit of more money will run you into the ground. An endless pursuit of quality in friendships will lead to an enriched life, for at least two people!

Notice that it doesn’t say the quantity of friendships, but the quality of them.  How many level-10 friends do you have? A Level-10 friend is someone who will always be there for you, who is completely safe for you to share anything with, who will not judge you, who accepts you as you are, who, when you’ve been apart for a while and then re-connect, you jump right back into deep discussions with as if you were never apart. Most people don’t have a friend like this. They have tons of Level-1’s, 2’s, and 3’s (acquaintances), and maybe a 4, 5, or 6 who they enjoy hanging out with. But it takes work and time and vulnerability to get to 7-10 friendships–but the payoff is worth it!

What is one step you could take today to move a current friendship one notch closer to level 10?


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