“The great thing about new friends is they bring new energy to your soul” – Shanna Rodriguez
One of the reasons I love this quote is that it gives us the possibility to continually grow, to meet people, and to decide who we want to become.
Let me tell you a secret, my loyal readers.
I used to be shy. Lack confidence. I’d bury myself in the world of books, agendas and planners, rather than look up and try to make friends in high school. All the energy I had was internalized, and I did little to meet new people.
Why? Fear of rejection. Now, clearly I wasn’t one of those popular kids.
Also, I was quite happy to be writing short stories in my notebook, doing my English literature essays, and hiding in the worlds of Shakespeare and historical fiction. I blindly applied to English program at the University of Alberta and registered for courses I liked in the first year.
Back then, I didn’t pay attention to what I could do with my degree, what would challenge me -just what I liked. While there is some merit in that, I grew up in the next few years as I learned about personal growth.
3 Questions to Ask Yourself For Personal Growth
- Who am I?
- What or who do I want to become?
- Who do I admire (in real life!)?
New Friends & Energy
So, what changed me and gave me new friends and new energy?
I’m sure you’re thinking that does not make sense. Business is about competition, right? Well, no, it’s a lot about collaboration, too.
Friendships I made at the UofA ‘s School of Business, through projects and case studies, are some of the strongest friendships I have today. Why? Because we met while working together to achieve a common goal, or to overcome a common challenge.
When I entered the School of Business, I’ll fully admit that it was at the advice of my family, and the fear that I couldn’t get a great job as an English graduate. Now, I’m not saying this is true! However, when I asked people who were about to graduate from the English program at the time, they had no idea what they wanted to do with their lives- and that scared me.
I chose marketing because I knew I liked communication. Despite how good I had been at accounting in high school, I hated it, and decided to just do what I liked. Well, it turns out going to business school and taking some of the required courses was one of the biggest and most challenging parts of my life. However, those challenges definitely made me stronger!
Friendships in Business
So, what about networking? Well, that’s something I’ve been doing a lot of lately, since launching my blog in November 2016. The blogging community is absolutely fantastic and we help each other other a lot. In fact, I’ve already had the opportunity to be Education Blogger of the Week in an Education Bloggers Facebook group and be featured in English with Russie’s Inspirational English e-magazine (You can check out my interview here).
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By the way, I just spent the weekend with 11 locals I’d never met and made some news friends, on a ski trip to Andorra. Well, all I can say is that it confirmed that meeting new people is refreshing, fun, and good for the soul!
Have a lovely and productive Monday!
P.S. Photo fans, the sunset photo for this post is one I took on my road trip to the Grand Canyon in 2010.
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