I was directed by a reader to the following fabulous article by Jessica Hagy in Forbes magazine. After thoughtful consideration, I felt it was important and interesting enough to share. Naturally, I feel the urge to add my own personal nominees to the authors list and transform it to the Eight People You Need In Your Life. Sadly, I have yet to conquer my crazy need to take something great and try to make it even more comprehensive. That confession being stated, here are my own additions first (minus the illustrations) followed by Jessica’s article.
I truly hope that this one is self-explanatory….. This is where we all aspire to give and receive unconditional love and share pleasure. This is the voice of ecstasy.
Someone who listens intently to all your hopes, joys, fears, failures, rants, gossip, etc. and STILL loves you. You need this person to experience unconditional acceptance. Work to show this person unconditional trust in return. This person is one of the most important people in your life and it is best if this person is NOT also your lover. The person who plays this role may change over the course of your life, but the role itself is a vital one for your happiness. This is the voice of support and belonging.
Jessica Hagy, Contributor
Using visuals to tell stories, jokes, and truths.
The 6 People You Need in Your Corner
Nothing incredible is accomplished alone. You need others to help you, and you need to help others. With the right team, you can form a web of connections to make the seemingly impossible practically inevitable.
Someone who pushes you, who makes you think. Who motivates you to get up and go, and try, and make things happen. You want to keep this person energized, and enthusiastic. This is the voice of inspiration.
This person is a huge fan, a strong supporter, and a rabid evangelist for you and your work. Work to make this person rewarded, to keep them engaged. This is the voice of motivation.
This is the devil’s advocate, who asks the hard questions and sees problems before they arise. You need this person’s perspective. They are looking out for you, and want you to be as safe as you are successful. This is the voice of reason.
This is the loud and belligerent voice that demands you gets things done. This person is the steward of momentum, making sure deadlines are met and goals are reached. This is the voice of progress.
This person can help you find new avenues and new allies. This person breaks through roadblocks into finds ways to make magic happen. You need this person to reach people and places you can’t. This is the voice of cooperation and community.
This is your mentor, you hero, your North Star. This is the person who you seek to emulate. This is your guiding entity, someone whose presence acts as a constant reminder that you, too, can do amazing things. You want to make this person proud. This is the voice of true authority.