Sunday, July 03, 2011
Tip#470: Be Open To New Friendships – Cedar Rapids
I continue to be amazed at how utilizing my Facebook wall helps me find some fast answers. For example I was looking for print shops in downtown Toronto that do high quality laser prints and posted a simple inquiry on my Facebook wall. Within an hour I received 2 recommendations from Facebook friends.
New, unexpected friendships have been coming into my life recently and I feel so lucky and blessed. Rebuilding my life and business since my financial collapse last year (see tip#400) has been made so much easier with the help and support of old friends as well as the new. They've come via email introductions and social media like Facebook or from the professional development workshops and seminars I've been attending. I've just stayed as open as I could to whoever entered my life.
Cedar Rapids 2011
The movie Cedar Rapids is about a naïve, idealistic insurance agent Tim Lippe (Ed Helms) sent to represent his company at a conference in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This is a whole new experience for Lippe and has never even flown on a plane before. He meets extroverted individuals like Dean Ziegler (John C. Reilly) who seem untrustworthy at first but soon learns they are all reliable and supportive new friends.
Lippe finds himself in many predicaments during the conference but no matter how dire and hopeless everything seems his newfound friends are quick to support and help him. Whenever his victim mindset kicks in they are there to listen to his problems and offer solutions. By the end they help him unleash his leadership mindset and Lippe takes charge of his life and career.
This movie reminded me of the importance of giving people a chance to show their integrity and true selves. Only time will show whether they are fair-weather friends, "frenemies" or true friends.
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