Fare-weather friends are everywhere. It’s amazing how quickly people sprint in the other direction when their friend has a problem.
At the end of the day it’s easy to be friends with someone when everything’s great. It’s easy to be great when your client is Executive VP with a big budget. When they get laid off, where are you? When they are having problems, or issues of some kind- a death in the family- do you show up then?
I realize that the emails and calls will become less frequent when my ability to connect those people with players inevitably goes down in the future. Unfortunately, that’s just the reality.
So, what is the quality of your relationships? Are they just based on what somebody can do for you? Or, do you like them and are you concerned with their general well being?
If you want to have great friends instead of fare-weather friend, you have to be a great friend yourself.
Are you their friend? Are you their fan? Or, are you just around for you?
If you’re in a decision-making role, are you able to decipher why people are working for you? Are they with you? If not, why aren’t they?
Take a look around you. Are you able to decipher between your friends and your fare-weather friends?
Sometimes it’s okay to just fire a friend that you know isn’t a true friend and is bringing you down/not there when you need them.