Birds of a feather flock together” – how many times have you heard that idiom?  Probably more during your teenage years when your parents were frustrated by the friends you chose to hang out with … and get into trouble with, right?

Essentially, this idiom means people of similar interests will choose to spend time together. The key word is “choose” – you can choose who your friends are (unlike family members who you are stuck with).

But what if you make poor choices in friends?

Are your friends helping you stretch and accomplish what you want in life?


Are your friends supporting you, especially during difficult times?


Are your friends helping you be a better person?

Keep in mind, your friends are not perfect (face it, you’re not either!). However, they should be adding value – whether your friend is your constant cheerleader, your voice of reason or even the shoulder you cry on when things don’t go your way.  Choose your friends wisely to surround yourself with people who will help you become everything you are striving to become in life.  And remember, to keep a good friend you need to be a good friend.



Niv PersaudNiv Persaud, CFP®, CDFA™, CRPC®, is the Founder of Transition Planning & Guidance, LLC. Her firm bridges the gap between financial planning and coaching. As a Transition Consultant, she offers sage advice in all aspects of life – financial, personal and professional. Niv does not manage money and does not sell financial products. Her services include spending plan development, divorce financial review, life strategy and professional progression. Niv actively gives back to her community through her volunteer efforts. She believes in living life to the fullest by cherishing friendships, enjoying the beauty of nature and laughing often — even at herself. Her favorite quote is by Erma Bombeck, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say ‘I used everything you gave me’.”