If it’s all about you, enjoy it — alone.
If it’s about others, you will make and keep more friends than you ever thought was possible.
We think it’s normal to make the focus of life on us but doing so is an illusion. We feel like we have lots of friends but do we really? Followers are not necessarily friends.
We don’t number our friends – hey, I have 45 or whatever the number.
We value them one at a time.
There is one way to guarantee to make friends and keep them for a long time. To enjoy rich relationships whether they are face to face or in our mobile social media world.
The secret is to become genuinely interested in other people.
Let them talk. Ask them questions. Reaffirm what you’re hearing or reading so they know you are really interested in what they say.
It takes a little self-control to hold back what we want to say but by talking in terms of the other person’s interests, you win a friend right away. And often, they will reciprocate by showing the same kind of interest in us.
Taking time to care pays off instantly.