I recently got back from a pre-wedding celebration outside of the US. Not only was the trip fantastic but I also really connected with the people I met on the trip. The whole thing reminded of something really important.
One thing I learned on the trip was the importance of your friends’ friends. Think about: your friends are usually your friends because there is some common interest, either professionally or personally. Usually both. And your friend could say the same thing about his or her other friends.
This means that it is probably that this person’s friends also have similar interests to you. And in some cases, you’ll have a whole lot in common. Common personal or professional interests. Similar stories. And similar criteria for making good friends. So in some cases, your friends’ friends could make great friends for you too.
In my own recent experience on this trip, I found this to be true. Not only did I like every single person on the trip but I also fond a lot in common with them, despite our differences in location.
And when they all came to Chicago this weekend, it was like the trip before never ended. We connected when we saw each other. We caught up on the past few weeks. And at the end of the night we all split off to reconnect again .
And that’s precisely why I’ll be meeting up with two of them again when I travel to the east coast in about a week.
So I propose the idea that it’s important to connect with some of your friends’ friends.
On one hand, you never know who you might meet. On the other hand, you always know that the chances are high that you might have a lot in common.