The Fountain or the Drain?
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Some people make you feel more creative, more productive, excited about your future. These people realize there’s no limit to ideas, so they are free to share them. There’s no quota to projects that will work. If they have a good idea that they think is a fit for you, they share it. When you tell them about a new idea or a new project, these people will offer helpful suggestions, cheer you on, and help you however they can.
These people are fountains. Surround yourself with them. Nurture them, tend to them because they make you better by being in your life.
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You may not know at first glance that someone is a drain, but it only takes a few times of interacting with that person for you to feel it. You’re sapped. Whatever idea you may have, the drains will find something wrong with it, a reason it won’t succeed, a fault that needs to be pointed out.
I’d love to tell you to cut out the drains, remove them from your life, but sometimes that isn’t possible. What IS possible, though, is not playing their game. When they bait you into sharing what’s new or how things are going, don’t bite. Most drains want to focus on themselves anyway, so just keep the conversation focused on them (and as brief as possible!).
Then, find ways to recharge your batteries and get back to the business of being your creative, productive self!