What roles do friends play in our lives? Do friends influence the schools we go to? The places where we work? The cars we drive? The places where we hang out, and the vanities on which we sometimes waste money?
Friends bring opportunities, friends bring information, and friends bring connections. In the timeless book The Richest Man in Babylon, two friends came to and wondered why they seemed to be banished to poverty. They decided that their mutual friend Arkad who was the richest man in Babylon should be able to help them. He could tell them how to be rich. And that was exactly what happened.
Even in leadership, history portrays friends in leadership together or in succession.
In the history of the tech giants, you will hear of friends starting companies together, breaking up, coming together again, etc. Friends often think alike; friends challenge one another; friends motivate one another and often take on challenges together. Sometimes, vision or challenges bring us new friends.
There is the African Proverb which says “If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together.” Going fast, there are things we can achieve. But going fast does not mean going far. Choose your friends; choose the ones that motivate you to great goals; choose the ones that make you go in line with your vision. Any other could be just a distraction.