One thing that defines us as humans is the inter-relationship bond between us. Over the years men have risen to the top because they associated themselves with the right people and some men hardly scaled the first of the ladder because they associated themselves with the wrong people.
“Birds of a feather flock together”, is a cliche used on a regular basis. The kind of people you relate with on a daily base has a way of influencing your thinking which in turn affects your environment.
These friendship combinations in the likes of, Larry and Sergey (Google), Hewlett and Packard (HP computer), Gates and Allen (Microsoft), etc. who have been able to harness the power of friendship and build an empire together.
Having a healthy circle of friends is good and to some degree, it will serve you well but you need to be careful because the wrong circle of friends will systematically kill of any spark of creativity in you and you may end up becoming a liability to the society.
Consider these three reasons you need to separate friendship from business;
Business fails with the wrong circle of friends
Friends that cannot contribute nor give valuable advice that will be beneficial to the growth and development of you and your business should be kept at arm’s length.
When you let this group of people have access to your life, there is a high probability that you will become stagnant which in turn leads to a downward spiral of your business.
Checkmate those whom you allow into your life as it speaks loudly of who you are and where you are going.
Separate happy hours from busy hours
Some businesses can be so demanding and it will take the majority of your time. Let there be a clear demarcation between the time you spend hanging out and playing with your friends and when you are busy with your business.
Know when to hang out with friends and when to focus solely on your business. Mixing your happy hour with your busy hour is a recipe for failure.
Have fun when you need to as all work and no play surely makes Jack a dull boy and focus solely with all seriousness on your business when you need to.
Remember why you are running the business
Remember always where you started from and why you are running the business. Remember that there are some people out there who depend on you and the survival of the business.
Remembering makes you more focus and gives you the energy to cut off people who don’t have the same vision as you in terms of the growth of the business.