Confession: my inbox is never at 0 in terms of emails waiting for a reply.
However, I try to at least answer soon enough to people I do care about.
Why is that important?
I’ve read constantly that one of the top 5 regrets from older people is not to keep friends closer.
“Work is not going to help you when you need it, your family and friends will.”
So, am I selfish by answering to close friends first? Yes, sure.
But If you feel that is bad, think about it again:
I am purposely being nice with certain people (to keep friends close) because I need them to be happy so I am happy myself too...
Is it wrong to do it selfishly if ultimately I am doing NICE things for them? Two people just became happy with my own actions!!
Returning to the main point: one of my definitions of success says that I need to love and to be loved to feel happy.
And I have to work to get to that point. Constantly! Reply emails, make favors, give what they need, etc. There are many ways to show love after all.
Giving and caring about the right people in my life has a double reward. It helps my happiness and brings them happiness as well.
I have done it poorly tons of time. I have let emails waiting for too long in my inbox…
But I know it is worth the awkwardness to email back again even if I think it might be too late.
Being a nice friend for the right people is good for you and for them. Don’t underestimate the power of care and love in the short and long term!
I don’t want to regret letting the great people go anymore just because I was "busy". With me luck I’ll do it properly this time!
By the way, if you want to give some easy help to your friends, encourage them to join these emails. If you found them useful, I can’t see why they wouldn’t. Just direct them to maruexposito.com telling them what’s their benefit or forward them this email so they can give me their email addresses and I'll add them myself ;)
PSSST! This content was previously shared in a Newsletter months ago. It has been modified to fit here.