There’s nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them.
“I have people everywhere…” That statement is mine and it’s hardly an exaggeration. I have friends, colleagues and connections in more countries in the world than not.
Not internet friends I’ve only encountered in the digital world but real people I’ve exchanged with in the physical world. Actual and meaningful human relationships.
My former operative profession and current vagabonding lifestyle is largely responsible for my global network but that just gave me ample opportunities.
It takes a bit of personal effort and a basic formula anyone can follow, even on a worldwide level. This is how…
The power of “hello”. Not necessarily a “hi”, but any initial greeting or opening. A “do you know what time it is?”, “where are you from?”, “what’s up?” or just a head nod.
It’s the first move that’s the hardest to initiate but the easiest to complete. Any type of friendship to all business relations start somewhere and someone has to start.
We all want (although not all the time and with exceptions) to feel connections with other people, that’s part of the human condition. We want to communicate, relate and exchange with our fellow specie.
In my experience, I’ve found this to be particularly more apparent when I’m abroad as well as with how other foreigners are in countries not of their own.
When it comes to locals in their own country, in most cases than not, they tend to be genuinely friendly. And what’s surprisingly common is that some are eager to bond and befriend foreigners to great lengths.
There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.
The point is that there are potential friends everywhere. The world is not as lonely and as divided as it may seem, at least not on a face-to-face level, where it really counts.
The first lesson is knowing that there are always prospects, regardless of culture clashing, language barriers, religious prejudices or political divisions.
Do that and you have to ability to befriend almost anyone and gain their trust to even their respect.
How to Befriend Strangers Anywhere: Part 1