Friday, September 29, 2006


Yesterday, in my local newspaper there was a little article about types of friends you have and the relationships that you have cooperatively with them. I found it interesting to decide which of my friends were which types and even found places where many of them overlapped. I thought you might enjoy it too, so... here it is! :)

"Best-selling author Tom Rath's new book, "Vital Friends: The People You Can't Afford to Live Without" (Gallup Press, $22.95), categorizes friends according to the roles they play. Here's how Rath divvies up our friends:
Builders motivate you, invest in your development and want you to succeed. They help you see your strengths and are generous with their time.
Champions have your back and advocate for you when you're not around to defend yourself. They're your strongest supporters.

Collaborators have similar interests and share your passions. They're lifelong friends with whom you spend your time.

Companions are always there, no matter the circumstances. They're the people you call first when something big happens, good or bad.

Connectors build bridges to help you get what you want and connect you with others who share your interests.

Energizers boost your spirits and create positive moments in your life. They pick you up when you're down and make a good day even better.

Navigators offer advice and direction, and you seek their guidance and counsel. They're the best at hearing your dreams and goals and help you find a path to reach them.

Mind openers introduce you to new ideas, opportunities, cultures and people. They help expand your vision and create positive change in your life.

Making a matchShared experiences and interests draw people together. Here are five areas to match yours to others:

Parenting: Create a family homepage, set up a blog, receive e-mail and invite others to join your network.

Humanitarianism: Check volunteers centers to enlist in areas that match your interests.

Fitness: Join a branch of the YMCA, and find activities for moms and tots to seniors, pick-up basketball games, yoga and Pilates classes and more.

Learning. Enroll in a noncredit community college class. Topics can range from beginning quilting or instant piano to starting a small business or learning Spanish. Classes will vary by campus.

Political action. Work at a polling place. Training is required and duties and pay vary, but one thing's for sure: You'll meet a lot of people."

Published: Thursday, September 28, 2006Gannett News Service


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