7 people you need in your life

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Nothing is accomplished alone no matter how meager. You need others to help you, and you need to help others. Here are 7 people we recommend you should have in your life.

The instigator
We all need that someone who motivates us to get up and go. This is the voice of inspiration. Someone who pushes you, who makes you think. This person challenges you to be better.

An honest friend
We also need a friend who will tell us the truth, rather than what we want to hear. They’re blunt and straightforward, and can often see things much more clearly than we can. Their honesty can be brutal at times, but they can always be relied on to tell the truth.

The mentor
A mentor is also a very useful person to have in your life. This could be someone who can teach you any practical skills you haven’t yet acquired, or they can advise you on work and career matters. Mentors are happy to share their knowledge and help you progress. They’re invaluable for business and life skills.

The older relative
You need at least one older relative who can tell you all about your family history. They’ll remember your mom or dad as a youngster, and can relate countless fascinating anecdotes. If you’ve never thought that there was anything interesting about your family history, you need to talk to this older relative – you’ll be surprised at how many stories they can tell you.

The one who listens
Sometimes you really need someone to talk to and confide in. They don’t always have to come up with the answers; just having someone listen can make you feel better. Having a friend in your life who knows how to listen without judging or offering well-meaning but unwanted advice can make all the difference when you’re going through a tough time.

The one who makes you laugh
They just have that gift of being able to raise your spirits when you’re down, and share your weird sense of humor. When you’re with them, you forget your troubles and find your sense of humor again. Laughter is so good for you, so get giggling with that unique friend.

The one who gets you
Finally, we all need someone who understands exactly what makes us tick. They never try to change us, because they love and appreciate us for the unique person we are. They’re never confused by us, since we make perfect sense to them. Being accepted for who we are is wonderful.

Rather than expecting one person to fulfill all these roles, appreciate all the different people in your life for their different roles. Together they make up the jigsaw puzzle that is your life worthwhile. How many more people do you think are essential in your life?

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