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Your Friends and Associates Will Change

March 21, 2017 // R. Shawn McBride // No Comments »

As you grow as a person and as your business gets better and builds, your friends and associates are going to change. This change may be one of the hardest parts of an entrepreneurial journey. One of the best things and one of the least understood things about running a business is it forces you to change. If more people understood how much owning and operating a business forced you to be more of your authentic self ( and how it forced you to be a better person, we might have even more entrepreneurs. The side effects of being an entrepreneur and running a business are amazing and profound. They change us; they shape us. They force us to be greater.

What are you doing to change who you are, to be more authentic, to embrace that? Part of embracing that is going to be the fact that those around you are going to change. As you have this period of tremendous growth and change, some of those that you originally knew are going to be hurt. They’re not going to be happy with the new version of you. You’re going to outgrow them, as you learn new skills, new ways to communicate, new versions of yourself. As you strip away past weaknesses and become stronger and stronger, some of those that were once your friends will no longer think that you’re as amazing as you were. You won’t embrace their weaknesses; you won’t help them with their crutches.

Some of your friends will step up and travel with you. They’ll see your greatness, they’ll see what you’re doing, and they’ll jump onboard. Others will get lost in the fray. This is normal, and it’s something that you need to embrace as part of the process. The world is going to change around you. You’re going to change; it’s okay. How are you embracing that? How are you making that happen? Are you comfortable with that? The more you understand this is part of the process, the easier it will be.

What are you doing to embrace change? How do you recognize the fact that those around you will evolve as you and your business grow? What are you doing to make sure that you get to your goals and dreams? Join us in the comments below and let us know about your experiences.

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