On March 17th, 2021 my buddy Chantz (and then-roommate) decided to come on The Rise Productive Podcast to do a recording session as a special guest. Fast forward and we’re about a year out from when we actually recorded our first podcast together.
After a year of working on this fun project together, I wanted to use this Productive Brew as a thank you to Chantz as a good friend of mine and talk about the power of friendship overall. Essentially Chantz and I, were not that close prior to 2021 even though we became roommates in the summer of 2020 and had been teammates for 2 years prior to that.
All of a sudden it seems we are really good friends and ever since Chantz has joined as a member of Rise Productive our friendship has only continued to improve. Looping him into this brand has been one of the most interesting experiences of my life especially since I was somebody who did this by himself for basically two years straight.
Through this process, I have learned more about the value of friendship and I can’t thank Chantz enough for what he’s done so far for Rise Productive. As a shoutout to how he’s impacted me and a good reference point to the value of friendship, I’ll let you in on how we’ve grown in the past year.
Chantz is an example of a friend who supports you through your passion projects, personal issues, and the random day-to-day annoyances that come up. There are a good amount of people who, who go through life, having different friendships that are not as healthy as they could be, but the value of a true friend is somebody who isn't friends with you because they, they share a disdain for somebody else or something to that effect. They, they enjoy you for you and they enjoy talking with you about things at a deep level.
An example of a good friendship would be Chantz and I’s as we consistently try to keep in touch with each other through all of our physical and digital separations. There has been nothing better during a time like the last two years of a pandemic than having a good friend to stay in contact with.
Having someone you can consistently keep up with that will support you through everything you're doing on a weekly basis is no small thing. If you see how we are on the podcast, it is pretty similar and obviously more candid when we are off the mic.
If you have some sort of professional relationship with somebody or you have a personal relationship that turns professional make sure to always keep that nice side of things. I think something we do pretty often that helps our relationship not become too serious is talking about non-podcast-related topics every time we call or hang out. When we do our pre-recording sessions, I'm just asking him how he's doing and I don't really care about the podcast until we’re actually recording or like doing a planning session about it.
This mixture of professionalism and fun we have on and off the podcast is unmatched. Thank you Chantz for all the help that you've given me and for thanks for being my bud. My life and content calendar would be worse off without you.
Have an awesome week!
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