All Acquaintances Are Not Allies

A true friend is more than someone who loves to hang out with you. A true friend is someone who will encourage you to pursue your goals and handle your responsibilities even if that cuts into some of your hangout sessions together.

A true friend doesn’t just want your time. A true friend respects your time.

A true friend isn’t just someone who accepts you for who you are. A true friend is someone who challenges you to step up your game, shun complacency, and seize the opportunities to become who you can really be.

A true friend doesn’t just love your personality. A true friend loves your potential.

A true friend doesn’t just give you compliments for the things you do well. A true friend gives you criticism for the things you need to do better.

A true friend doesn’t just praise you for being cool. A true friend pushes you to build character.

A true friend doesn’t just party with you when times are good. A true friend can put up with you when times are bad.

Having friends is not always the same as having fun. Some people are great for grabbing a beer with, but they’re horrible for going to battle with. Know the difference.

Wise are the eyes that can distinguish acquaintances from allies.

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TK Coleman is the Education Director for Praxis. He has coached dozens of young people and top performers from all stages of life. He’s the author of hundreds of articles and is a frequent speaker on education, entrepreneurship, freedom, personal growth, and creativity. TK is a relentless learner, has been involved in numerous startups, and has professional experience ranging from the entertainment to financial services industries and academia. Above all else, TK is on a mission to help people embrace their own power and expand their own possibilities.

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