An old saying goes, “Surround yourself with the people you want to be like.” Successful people want to surround themselves with successful people. Optimists like to be around optimists. How can you tell if you’re hanging around with the right group of friends for you? Here are 15 signs that you are surrounded by good friends who care about you and not just what you can do for them!

1. Your friends listen to you.

A good friend can tell when you need an ear, or just to take the floor for a few minutes and talk something out. More importantly still, they help you determine where you have good, solid, actionable ideas and where they think you’re a little off base.

2. Your friends care about you.

Good friends take the time to ask about your life, your interests, and your opinions. They also take the time to be there when you need them, and want to help you be the best person you can be.

3. Your friends know when to throw a party.

There’s nothing wrong with blowing off a little steam, celebrating a milestone, or just making an event happen “because.” A group of friends who are really in tune with your needs know exactly when and how to party without taking it to extremes or getting you involved with anything illegal or uncomfortable.

4. Your friends know when to end a party.

Even the best party has to end eventually, and good friends can tell when it’s time to leave. If someone’s getting drunk and belligerent, or you’ve been yawning for the last half hour, they will understand it’s time to call it a night and leave gracefully.

5. You feel like your friends have your best interests at heart.

You may not always agree with what your friends say or their perceptions of a situation. However, they’re always thinking of what’s best for you in the long run. This can be a tricky line to walk, and sometimes you have an obligation to ignore the advice of others. Nevertheless, a good friend will be less worried about sparing your feelings than looking out for you.

6. Your friends support you.

Even when you do something your friends don’t agree with, if they’re really good friends, they will support whatever you decide to do, within reason. They may not agree or like what you’re doing, like moving across the country to snag a good-paying job, but they’ll be there with the pizza and beer while you load up the truck!

7. You always hear the truth from them.

Good friends don’t lie. (Except on rare occasions of the “Does this dress make me look fat?” sort. Those kinds of lies don’t count, because they are intended to spare your feelings.) When the chips are down and you really need to be told the truth, your friends may hate it…but they’ll do it. This applies in situations like when your friends tell you maybe you’re partying a little too much or working too hard. If they tell you something like this, they’re speaking from the heart. You owe it to them and your friendship to listen.

8. Your friends check in on you.

A good friend cares about the people close to them. If they don’t hear from you periodically, they pick up the phone or even send an email. “Dude, where you at? Everything okay?” This doesn’t mean they constantly worry about you, because sometimes people get sick or busy and life happens. But they do take the time to let you know they’re thinking about you.

9. Your friends know when to leave you alone.

Sometimes you just want (or need) to be left alone. Work assignments, homework, or relationship woes can all leave you feeling like you just need a little downtime to work out your situation. A good friend understands and respects this. They’ll make it clear that they’re available if and when you need them, but they also understand that everyone needs alone time once in a while. Conversely, they also know you well enough to say, “Enough’s enough!” and drag you out of the house by your hair if necessary!

10. You don’t feel like you always have to reciprocate.

A good friendship doesn’t come with a balance sheet. While you should always try to give as good as you get from your friends, that doesn’t mean you or they should feel obligated every single time. The point of a friendship is to be there as much as you can, when you can, to the fullest extent you can. Sometimes that means Jim picks up the beer, while you bring the pretzels. Sometimes Josh throws the party and you pitch in with the cleanup. Sooner or later in a good friendship, the books will balance naturally and intuitively, without either side having to do anything except be themselves.

11. You can call your friends anytime you need them.

Let’s put some rules on “anytime.” This does not mean three in the morning, unless someone is dead! Within reason, however, and during the hours when you KNOW they’ll be awake, you can call and say, “Hey…you got a few minutes? I need an ear.” If they say, “Not now, but let me call you back,” then respect that. If they’re willing to sacrifice time to help you out, it’s only fair that they should be able to do it on their schedule, especially for those who have “real jobs.”

12. Your friends feel like they can call you when they need you.

Part of being a good friend is being available, and this applies just as much to you as it does your friends. A friend who feels like you’re available for them when needed is more likely to be there for you when you need them!

13. Your friends celebrate your victories and help you get over your setbacks.

Milestones deserve to be celebrated, and misery loves company. A good friend will congratulate you on your accomplishments and achievements without letting you rest on your laurels. Similarly, a good friend won’t let you wallow in self-pity when things go a little sideways. A good friend will celebrate or commiserate with you as appropriate, always asking the question, “So what’s next?”

14. Your friends see you for who you are.

We all wear masks and put on a show in our public lives, whether we choose to admit it or not. A good friend sees beyond the mask or the front and looks at the real person behind them. You can tell a good friend because they’re not afraid to call you out on your front, but they still want to be around you even when what’s behind it isn’t always the nicest, kindest, or best person. A good friend inspires you to be and do better than you are, but cares for you because of who and what you are.

15. Your friends tell you when you’re making a mistake.

No one likes to hear it when they screw up. That’s just human nature. However, a true friend is able to tell you you’re making a mistake without making a federal case of it. People who love you and support you even when they don’t necessarily agree with you are the kind of friends that are worth keeping, no matter where life takes you.

– J.S. Wayne

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Yogi & Scorpion


I think this proverbial story from Hinduism is worth sharing.

A yogi (Hindu teacher) was sitting on the bank of the Ganges River and saw a scorpion floating in the water. He reached out his hand to rescue the scorpion and was stung by it.

He reached out again and was stung again.

He reached out a third time and was stung yet again.

A passerby yelled at the yogi, “Fool! Why do you keep trying to rescue this scorpion whose only gratitude is to sting you?”

The yogi replied, “Just because it is the nature of the scorpion to sting, why should I change my nature which is to help?”

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There is nothing wrong in getting inspired from any original work in any creative field. Its a form of flattery. But, doing a blatant copy and hoping not to get caught is both unethical and foolish in these times when the world is getting smaller day by day. There is no dearth of such copy cats in the field of advertising. Here are 20 print ads with creative original ideas which were copied later.

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JINLI Cell Batteries (2008) Radioshack Batteries (2011)
JINLI Cell Batteries Radioshack Batteries
Agency: Beijing Huayida Advertising, China Agency: Arnold Worldwide, USA
Land Transport Safety Authority (1998) Land Transport Safety Authority (2010)
Land Transport Safety Authority Land Transport Safety Authority
Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi, New Zealand Agency: Draft FCB, Romania
Beka International Hairstylist (2003) Pantene Nature Fusion (2010)
Beka International Hairstylist Pantene Nature Fusion (2010)
Agency: Ogilvy, Brazil Agency: Grey, South Africa
Sportlife Chewing-Gum (2006) Stimorol Gums (2010)
Sportlife Chewing-Gum Stimorol Gums
Agency: JWT PPGH Group, Netherlands Agency: Ogilvy, South Africa
Nissan Pick-Up (2004) New Volkswagen Touareg (2010)
Nissan Pick-Up New Volkswagen Touareg
Agency: TBWA,France Agency: Mudra DDB, India
Loctite Glue Henkel (2001) Holys Mega Glue (2006)
Loctite Glue Henkel Holys Mega Glue
Agency: DM9 DDB, Brazil Agency: Ogilvy & Mather, Thaland
Omax Wide Angle Lenses (2009) LeicaShop Wide Lens Cameras (2009)
Omax Wide Angle Lenses LeicaShop Wide Lens Cameras
Agency: Publicis, India Agency: Demner Merlicek & Bergmann, Austria
Bic Extra Fine (2007) Papermate Extra Fine (2000)
Bic Extra Fine Papermate Extra Fine
Agency: Publicis, Singapore Agency: Young & Rubicam Caracas, Venezuela
Original Volkswagen Battery (2000) Koba Car Battery (2009)
Original Volkswagen Battery Koba Car Battery
Agency: AlmapBBDO, Brazil Agency: Fortune Promoseven, Oman
Davivienda Bank Money Transfer (2007) Western Union Money Transfer (2008)
Davivienda Bank Money Transfer Western Union Money Transfer
Agency: Leo Burnett, Colombia Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi, Vietnam
Racco Anti-Ageing Cream (Feb 2008) Olay Anti-Ageing Cream (Sep 2008)
Racco Anti-Ageing Cream Olay Anti-ageing Cream
Agency: ByVivas Curitiba, Brazil Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi, Singapore
Chesdale Cheese (2004) Kraft Foods Cheese (2008)
Chesdale Cheese Kraft Foods Cheese
Agency: FCB, Singapore Agency: JWT, UAE
Oil of Olaz (2006) Olay Total Effects (2008)
Oil of Olaz Olay Total Effects
Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi, Germany Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi, UAE
La Rose Lingerie Store (2002) Simone Perle Lingerie (2008)
La Rose Lingerie Store Simone Perle Lingerie
Agency: Strusi Estudio Creativo, Venezuela Agency: Liwa Advertising LLC, UAE
Philips Long-Life batteries (2005) Eveready Batteries (2007)
Philips Long-Life batteries Eveready Batteries
Agency: DDB, Brazil Agency: Rediffusion D Young & Rubicam, India
BMW X5 (2003) Volkswagen Touareg (2006)
BMW X5 Volkswagen Touareg
Agency: Leo Burnett, Norway Agency: Medina Turgul DDB, Turkey
Weru Soundproof Windows (2004) Strepsils (2007)
Weru Soundproof Windows Strepsils
Agency: Scholz & Friends, Germany Agency: Euro Rscg Adwork, Indonesia
Palladium Fitness Centre (1998) Weight Watchers (2006)
Palladium Fitness Centre Weight Watchers
Agency: Leo Burnett Madrid, Spain Agency: FCB, Germany
The Axe Effect (2003) Recycle Boutique (2007)
The Axe Effect Recycle Boutique
Agency: Lowe Pirella Fronzoni, Italy Agency: M&C Saatchi,New Zealand
Softee Toilet Paper (1998) Scottex Toilet Paper (2009)
Softee Toilet Paper Scottex Toilet Paper
Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi, Singapore Agency: DuvalGuillaume Antwerp, Belgium

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