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#3 – The Power of Community

April 25, 2016


If you want to go FAST go alone.

If you want to go FAR go together.

The third biggest insight I’ve had over the years is directly related to the importance of community. Having the right support network is the defining factor to how fast you bounce back from any lows you may experience (and you will) along the road.

But not only this, community is also the fast lane towards anything you wish to experience and achieve. There is no personal possibility that does not involve others to a certain extent.

As cliche as it may sound, we do become like the closest people to us.

And that’s a great thing, because we get to choose who we surround ourselves with :)

But it also goes beyond having great friends and family. It is about the quality of that community around you.

How much do you trust the closest people to you with your deepest, darkest secrets?
How able are you to open up in the roughest times?
How vulnerable do you allow yourself to be when hell breaks loose?
Or on the other hand, how much do hold back in fear of judgement?

Are your relationships rich in range? Or do you have one friend with whom you share X but not Y, and another one with whom you share Y but not Z, and so on? Giving percentages away and keeping the whole you to yourself.

Having a strong community means having people you can count on, and who can count on you.

Taking a stand for someone does not mean to only listen to them when they have problems, but to go out of your way to ensure that they live up to THEIR highest expectations. To call them out on their bullshit when they are being untrue to themselves.

I feel grateful and blessed to have the friends and family that I have, for they have been there through thick and thin. And continue day after day to hold me up to a higher standard

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This is #3 to a series of 5 posts I’m writing to celebrate my 25th birthday.