The challenge in this equation is that to secure those within your circle, you must have the same dedication and loyalty to their needs. It takes sacrifice, honesty, selflessness, and vulnerability on both ends. You have a tremendous responsibility to uphold your end of the deal. If it’s real, it won’t feel like it involves effort. That’s why, in most cases, you don’t have that many in your sphere. It is because there is only enough of you to give — too many people, not enough loyalty and commitment.
As I have grown older and wiser, a lesson I’ve learned is that your circle may decrease in size, but it increases in value. As an aspiring leader, you need to understand that your friends will change as you grow. I want to emphasize three words . . .
As you are growing intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually, your path takes you in different directions. As a result, your needs and interests require like-minded people that you are attracted to, while past friends may go their own way. It’s just a shift in your circle of influence, not closure.
Surround yourself with people who remind you of the future, not the past.
Go do great things today and make a difference.