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Friendship IRL

Alex Alexander



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Friendship as Comfort and Making Meaningful Connections

• 52 min

Are you blocking yourself from making beautiful connections? My favorite thing is meeting people I never would have met otherwise and today’s guest, Manpreet Singh is one of them. He wears multiple hats as a father, son, husband, and friend to many beautiful souls. His definition of friendship? Comfort. This is one of those conversations where I really was IN it. Manpreet and I talk about breaking the ice when making new friends, the magic of “third places”, and what friendship means to both of us. There is so much to glean from this episode. I was expanding my own thoughts about friendship, people's experiences, and am now thinking about it so much differently. Friendship IS possible for all of us and building new connections and embracing the discomfort along the way is one of the most powerful skill sets we can have. In this episode you’ll hear about: The beauty of meeting new people for the first time. It can be uncomfortable at first to break the ice, but there’s a secret to minimizing the awkwardness.Why friendship is all about unsaid “comfort” - it’s about being yourself, letting your guard down, and spending time together without needing to prove yourself.The all-too-common trend of blocking potentially incredible connections. It’s simply not true that your best connections are made in your first two decades of life.Why it’s better to loosen our expectations of friendship, co-create together, and just allow our friends to be there for us, even if we lose touch for years at a time.The scarcity mindset society has around friendship that is making us feel lonely.Bonding with friends when we’re going through our lowest points in life: divorce, heartbreak, financial turmoil. We can choose to stay open and vulnerable.The lack of “third places” that exist in today’s society and why that makes it even harder to form new friendships.Resources & Links Connect with Manpreet Singh on LinkedIn and YouTube. Like what you hear? Visit my website, leave me a voicemail, and follow me on Instagram!  Want to take this conversation a step further? Send this episode to a friend. Tell them you found it interesting and use what we just talked about as a conversation starter the next time you and your friend hang out!

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