As an entrepreneur, positive motivation and encouragement vibes are needed requirements that make the entrepreneurial journey easier. In view of this, there are certain kinds of friends that an entrepreneur needs to surround himself or herself with. Also, there are sets of friends he or she needs to avoid; these are listed below:
- The Confusionists
This set of friends are the most irritating and certainly the arrangement of individuals to avoid. A confusionist knows nothing about what he needs, or where he’s going. He’s a jack of all trade, doing all and being a specialist in none. He will inform you regarding his intentions to begin an Okrika Business, just to see him the following day discussing starting Shawarma Business. One week from now, there will be another thought that he will never seek after.
They are normally pleasant, entertaining and amusing to be with, however their perplexity in life is contagious to the point that as a companion, you’re inclined to end up more confused when you have a discussion with them such that you might eventually need to cut away from them.
2. The Pessimists
A pessimistic friend will always list millions of reasons why you shouldn’t take that risk, why you shouldn’t take that contract, and why you shouldn’t take that business opportunity.
The mind of a pessimistic friend is filled with barriers and nightmares. They are best at playing the worst possible scenario in front of you, to discourage you from taking that firsts step that will change your life. If you have such a friend, it’s time to let go. It’s better to be without friends than to be with a pessimistic human. They can never see something good and worth pursuing.
3. The Drainers
Drainers are those friends who always come around whenever they need help, usually financial help. They will never in any way contribute to your dream, they will never offer advice nor help you in any way possible. You’re a friend only when they are in need. Once satisfied, they vamoose without blinking an eyelid.
I call them drainers for a reason. They drain you financially, emotionally, physically and otherwise. They are parasite. These kind of friends are the type that will unplug your 12% battery to charge their 92% battery.
They are not out for your good, but for their selfish gains. If you have such a friend as an entrepreneur, let go now or live to regret it.
4. The Destroyers
This set of friends are hard to identify as a destroyer. They are usually gentle, appear harmless, but are actually a wolf in a sheep skin. My mentor told me that these set of people are capable of pushing the button of your downfall, and rejoicing in your failure.
To identify them, you need to be analytic and be patient enough to know their motives. When you prosper, they die in silent, but when you fall, they laugh devilishly while sympathizing with you.It’s either you maintain your distance or stay off completely from such a friend.
In rounding off this article, your network is your net worth. Walking with the wrong set of people as an entrepreneur can land you in a mess while the right set of friends is the neccessary boost you need at the different junctions of your entrepreneurial journey.