Iron Sharpens Iron: Who are Your Friends?

Ok, so every once in a while I like to go off on a rant. Since starting my blog I have run across some very interesting individuals. A world of people who are interested in my passion, which is writing. I am never more excited when I am talking about writing, character development and plots. I recently met another enthusiastic author who has allowed me an opportunity to read the first three chapters of their work. I was pleasantly surprised since a lot of what I have read over the last few weeks have not been up to par.

When I speak to this writer they provoke me to think a bit deeper and inspire my creativity, which is why I started to think about my friendships. We all have friends or people in our lives who share a common interest. However, how many friends do we have that actually inspire our passions or even motivates us to follow our dreams. I only have two such friends who listen endlessly about what I’m working on and even offer insights or valuable information.

I am most inspired when I am speaking with people who are passionate about their goals. Iron literally sharpens iron, people who are going somewhere have a contagious and infectious personality type. They engulf you with their forward thinking until you find  yourself moving rapidly toward your own goals.

I am also naturally competitive so I challenge myself more when I am around individuals on the move. Have you ever stopped to look at your group of friends? Are they people who ‘do’ or people who ‘talk’ if they aren’t forward thinkers or people on the move you may want to reevaluate your friendships. The best way to decide which friends are iron is to look at where they are now and compare it to where they were five or ten years ago. If they are no further ahead you’re not being sharpened.

Not to say that some friends who are constant are not useful or valuable but when it comes to creativity you should be evolving daily.

 

 

Urban Fiction writer based in Philadelphia. Looking to connect with my audience and other urban fiction writers. I have tons of valuable information on the world of publishing, self-publishing and promoting urban fiction and fiction in general. Keeping the writing public informed and most importantly Paid!!!

1 Comment

  • Reply December 7, 2012

    T. Stanley

    I couldn’t agree with you more. I think it’s vital to our growth to surround ourselves and to connect with people who inspire us to be better in every possible way. I believe that our most intimate relationships are an accurate reflection, in way or another, of who we are and where we are in our life. It’s definitely important to reevaluate the relationships we invests ourselves in. Some people may need to serve their purpose in our life from a distance, while others deserve to share a closer space. It’s been my experience that people who are up to nothing, or who have not progressed, tend to be more negative and they either hate on what you’re up to in silence or they may find some way to thwart your dreams or your progress because, unfortunately, misery does love company.

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