Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. When you are seeking to bring big plans to fruition, it is important with whom you regularly associate. Hang out with friends who are like-minded and who are also designing purpose-filled lives. Similarly, be that kind of a friend for your friends.

Mark Twain

If ever there was a quote for the last year of my life, this is it.

Over the last few months I’ve had some disappointing days, particularly in thanks to some people who I thought were friends — but in fact turned out to be some of the ‘small people’ Twain refers to in the above quote.

But on the other hand, the year I’ve made some strong connections and friends — from all sorts of unexpected places! And the result is that my world (both personally and professionally) is a much bigger and brighter place because of these inspiring relationships.

Big news for my career on the horizon — stay tuned!