Recently, I almost gave up on friendship after I realized that some of my friends hated me. I have always placed my trust on friends but life taught me that the only person I must absolutely trust is ‘myself.’ I, therefore, vowed that I will be a ‘loner’ because I also realized that there was immense value in solitude.
However, as I was looking at the autobiographies of successful people, it dawned on me that friends are important because they can play a crucial role in pushing us towards greatness. The sudden change of my perception towards friendship occurred when I stumbled upon the top 4 people who owe part of their success to their friends.
Here are they:
1. Naturi Naughton – Networth 800,000 USD
Naturi Naughton, famously known as Tasha in the TV Series: Power, is a successful actress with a net worth of 800,000 dollars. Today, Naturi spends most of her time with the likes of 50 Cent.
Naturi Naughton owes her sudden success to Power because her role on the TV Show was what made her rich and famous.
Before Power, Naturi was jobless and broke. Her breakthrough came after she performed extremely well in the auditions for Power. However, Naturi might have failed the auditions if it was not for her friend Hosea Chanchez.
Naturi was so broke when she was called for the auditions that she could not afford to buy a dress that suited her role. However, Hosea Chanchez surprised her with a 425 $ bandage dress which Naturi used for her auditions, and she successfully passed the audition because she performed well, and the dress matched the role she was to play.
2. Brian Chesky (Airbnb Founder) – Net Worth – 3.8 Billion USD
Brian Chesky, the co-founder of Airbnb, is one of the richest Americans under 40, with a breath-taking net worth of 3.8 billion dollars.
I don’t know if Brian Chesky could have been a billionaire if it was not for his friend Joe Gebbia, but what I’m sure about is that Joe Gebbia played a great role in Brian Chesky’s success.
After Brian Chesky completed his college education, he got a job in an insurance firm. However, Brian quit the job when Joe Gebbia, who was then living in San Francisco, called him and told him to go to San Francisco so that they could start a company. Brian headed to San Francisco where together with Joe Gebbia, and Nathan Blecharczyk, they came up with the idea of Airbnb.
Today, Airbnb is a multi-million dollar company which has recorded profits of 90 million dollars and above.
3. Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) – Net worth 9 Million USD
Lena Headey is an English actress famously known for the role she plays in Game of Thrones. Her exceptional performance in the ‘Game of Thrones,’ has earned her three Emmy Awards nominations. Besides this, Lena is one of the highest paid actors on TV as she earns approximately 2 million USD per episode.
Lena Headey always thanks her best friend Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) for the role she got in the Game of Thrones. During the Game of Thrones’ auditions, the show’s creators could not find a person suitable for playing Cersei Lannister. However, Peter Dinklage informed them that he knew someone who could play the role perfectly, and this person was Lena Headey.
When Lena was called to audition for Game of Thrones she performed really well and she got the role that made her rich and famous. Today, she has a net worth of 9 million dollars.
N/B – Despite being big enemies in Game of Thrones, Lena Headey and Peter Dinklage are best friends in real life.
4. Jack Ma – Networth 40.3 Billion USD
Jack Ma, an investor and philanthropist, is a billionaire who owes his billions to his international internet conglomerate: Alibaba. Jack Ma always reveals that his 17 friends played a great role in taking Alibaba to greatness.
When Jack Ma came up with the idea of Alibaba, he realized that he needed to work with people for his idea to grow into a huge company. He, therefore, introduced this idea to his 23 friends and convinced them to work with him. 17 friends agreed to help him. He assigned various roles to each friend, and together they worked day and night, and they successfully made Alibaba a huge success.
With this in mind, you must not lose hope in the power of friendship because you never know the role your friends will play in your journey to greatness.
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4 Unique Lessons I Learned From Goal Setting that Will Make You Start Setting Goals Right Now
Before I started setting goals, I thought goal setting was useless because I never saw how the practice could improve my life. However, I realized the magic of goal setting when I started setting and writing down goals in August 2015.
Goal setting is a wonderful thing, and many studies reveal that people who set goals progress quicker than those who don’t. Besides progress, there are other lessons I learned from goal setting which many people don’t tell you.
Here are they
- Goal Setting Proves that the Law of Attraction Works
According to The Law of Attraction, you attract what you constantly think about. I never believed this law until I started writing down my goals and realized that I achieved some of my goals because I constantly thought about them. For example, in 2015, one of my main goals was to get an exotic dog. I didn’t have the money to buy the dog but the amazing thing is that I got it. I know you are wondering how I got the dog.
After writing down the goal of getting a dog, I became obsessed with getting a dog because I always read my goals every day. I spent a large percentage of my time thinking and talking about how I will get a dog.
A few months later, my friend’s dog fell sick, and I offered to take care of it. One day as I was taking it to the vet, I met a friend’s friend who asked me to take care of his dog because he was traveling.
I accepted the offer, and after a few weeks, the dog owner told me to keep it because he believed that he will never have the time to care for his dog. And that’s how I got Bobby, the best dog in the world.
By the way, Bobby was pregnant when I got her, and she gave birth to six pups on 9th October 2015.
- Goal Setting Proves That You Don’t Have to Know the ‘How.’
I wrote in the article, 4 Major Reasons Why We Avoid Dreaming Big, that people fear to dream big because they don’t know how they will achieve big dreams. I also feared to dream big whenever I thought about ‘how’ I could achieve big dreams.
However, setting big goals and achieving them enabled me to dream big because I realized that I don’t always have to know how I will achieve my goals.
In 2015, one of my goals was to relocate to Nairobi (Kenya’s Capital City), but I didn’t have the money for relocation. I never knew where I could get the money but I just wrote down the goal.
Five months later, my friend Silas called and informed me about a vacancy at his workplace which was in the city. I went to the city, passed the interview, and my parents sponsored the relocation. It a happened so fast. I didn’t know how it happened, but it happened. I found myself working and living in Nairobi.
- Goal Setting Increases Faith in Big Things
Goal setting increased my faith in achieving big things because I always achieve half of the goals I set regardless of how big or small they are. My three years of experience with goal setting made me set big goals this year because I have faith that I will achieve most of them.
- Goal Setting Made me a Hard worker
I always know that I will be depressed or I might give up on goal setting if I don’t achieve my goals. Therefore, I often work hard so that I achieve my goals. For this reason, I now have a hard working habit because I have never stopped setting goals.
Therefore goal setting can increase your faith, make you a hard worker, and enable you to realize that you can achieve whatever you set your mind to.
For this reason, start setting goals and you will experience the power of goal setting after you achieve half of the goals you’ll set. Lastly, remember to pray for the wisdom and strength you need for achieving your goals.
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Six Disastrous Effects of Acting Rich
I just noticed that the modern society loves acting rich. We adopt fake lifestyles to boost our social images and make people believe we are wealthy. Besides this, we love acting rich so that we impress our friends, neighbors, and spouses. Little do we know that acting rich is bad because of the following effects.
- Excessive Spending
The first catastrophic effect of acting rich is excessive spending. Many people who pretend to be rich often spend more than they earn because they continually buy expensive things to maintain their ‘rich’ status. Such individuals also spend extravagantly when they are around people so that they prove their ‘wealthy’ status.
- Excessive Borrowing
Since I started handling money, it dawned on me that most people who love borrowing money are those who act rich. One thing I also realized is that these individuals seldom pay their debts because they have too many of them.
Pretending to be rich is an expensive thing folks, and for this reason, it will result in you spending more than you earn. When you continually spend more than you earn, you will have to constantly borrow money for you to meet your daily needs.
- Fake friends
You will attract several fake friends if you love acting rich.
Some people love having friends who recklessly spend on them. Such individuals will only stick around when you have money to spend. However, when you go broke they will be nowhere to be seen.
Besides this, such friends will never be available when you are in need of emotional or financial support. Moreover, they will never tell you to control your spending habits and focus on securing a better future because they will always want you to spend on them.
- You Will Never Invest
You will seldom invest your money in productive projects if you always act rich because you will have little or no money to invest as a result of excessive spending and borrowing. Furthermore, because your focus will be on looking rich, investing will be the last thing that will come to your mind
- You Will Never Be Rich
Ironically those who pretend to be rich die poor because of excessive borrowing, lack of investments, and overspending.
‘Pretending to be rich can make you poor, learn to live within your means.’ – Alux.com
- You Will Be Materialistic
Pretending to be rich makes you a materialistic person. You will be so obsessed with material things because you’ll depend on them to look and act rich.
Being materialistic is bad for you because it results in hopelessness, unhappiness, self-centeredness, and selfishness. Besides this, you will never be satisfied with whatever you have if you are materialistic.
With this in mind, we must stop pretending to be rich because of the harmful effects of this behavior. We must accept our current financial positions, save more money, invest in productive projects, and riches will surely come.
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