I’ve spent a loooot of time thinking about what matters most to me since I’ve moved from New York to Los Angeles. Of course, I did most of this thinking even before I moved, but it’s really now that I’ve been able to “start again” (especially after college) and build a new and stronger foundation. It’s what I expected and counted on to happen with the newfound space and “clean slate” in my LA life.
So what kind of people do I want to be around? Am I becoming the kind of woman I want to be and therefore attracting the right kind of people? What sort of people inspire me the most? What traits do I value and appreciate in others?
1) Be Curious.
I follow my eye and my heart. I need someone who does the same in that they’re always curious and hungry to explore/learn. This usually means being adventurous and wanting to try new things and meet new people. Curious people push boundaries, test assumptions, question everything and think outside the box. I like people who don’t just accept things as they are but ask about it and want to see what it’s like.
2) Be Willing.
This ties into action. Just because you have thoughts and things you want to do doesn’t mean you will actually do or try something. I appreciate people who will do it or have the will to try no matter what it might look like or if they might “fail.” People who are willing to find out despite what it says on paper or what it sounds like. People who are willing to try, listen and learn… and then help or pay it forward afterwards. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but there has to be effort. I get along best with people who understand that a lot of the best things start with the willingness to try, understand and grow. Are you willing to get better even if it’s difficult? Are you willing to have difficult conversations even if you’re vulnerable for the greater cause? Are you willing to put yourself out there for something you believe in? You don’t have to be a master of everything, but with an open mind, open heart and the willingness to try (over and over), there is no limit to what you can do, achieve or be.
3) Be Positive.
Shit happens. Change is inevitable. Pain and disappointment are a natural part of life. I am attracted to people who acknowledge this and yet choose to see the brighter side of things. Instead of seeing the glass as half empty, they are grateful in general just to have the opportunity to make a choice to do something about it. I seek people who are fully aware of the reality but keep going anyway. These people are strong because they make the choice to be happy despite adversity. They lift others higher even after pain or disappointment. They choose the brighter side, and always make people feel that there is something inside that is valuable. They brighten up the room with their energy and enthusiasm.
4) Be Genuine/Real.
I seek people who are comfortable in their own skin and are true to themselves. People who can relate to anyone on a human level. Those who accept who they are completely and are honest with themselves and other people. They can adapt to different situations accordingly, but they’re never trying to be someone they are not. It’s one thing to be a chameleon and adjust to circumstance, but if you’re always a different version of yourself to please other people, it gives off a level of uneasiness and discomfort, making it difficult for someone to trust you. I think it’s nearly impossible to achieve any degree of success without being trustworthy. Being genuine/real means that you are clear in expressing your opinions and are consistently truthful and transparent. I might not necessarily agree with you but at least I’ll never be confused about where you stand. Being genuine and real also relates to being honest and confident. This kind of person knows who they are, what they do and can make you believe in them. They are confident but not cocky. They are humbled by perspective and experience.
5) Have a growth mindset.
This is probably the most important quality of all. I believe everyone has the potential and ability to live their best life, therefore, I seek people with a growth mindset. People with this kind of mindset understand that intelligence can be developed. They focus on improvement instead of worrying about how smart they are. They work hard to learn more and get smarter in how they treat others and pursue what they care about. They know that what they feed their mind fuels their work and habits. They thrive on challenge, always looking to exceed the status quo. They undrestand that who they were or where they come from doesn’t determine who they will be. They have the capacity to let go of past mistakes and learn from it (quickly) and move onto a bigger challenge. If they don’t know or have something, they try to learn from other people instead of feeling threatened by their successes. I consider myself to be allergic to average and apathy and I feed off the energy of those who believe the same. The most amazing thing about growth mindset is that it can be learned and can help you with every other facet of your life whether it is learning a new skill, connecting with people or even getting in shape.
I think everyone needs to sit and write down what they need or seek in relationships- the fundamental character traits you value- otherwise you’ll get pushed around in relationships that are no good for you or find yourself at the same place each year. Establish a standard, be the kind of person you would want to hang out with and surround yourself with the kind of people that will help you grow and improve (and of course have fun with).