By Taylor Brouillet-Stock, Account Specialist
I was listening to the podcast On Purpose by Jay Shetty and a particular episode really started to resonate with me. In this episode Jay argues that there are 8 types of people that everyone needs in their life. At the end of the episode, Jay makes a great point; If we want these types of people in our life, we must first be these people for others. He also encourages us to reach out to these people and express our gratitude towards them for their influential role in our lives.
Take a look at these 8 types of people and try to think about who in your life falls into these categories. Also, are you doing any of this for the people in your life?
These are the people that always cheer you on. They are the ones to call you up to congratulate you, no matter how big or small the accomplishment. These people believe in you and always seek to point out the good in you. It’s not that they think you’re a flawless human (they are not naïve), but they just focus in on all that is worthy inside of you and make it their mission to point it out. Cheerleaders push you and notice the brilliance in you. Jay maintains that the best way to find cheerleaders is to cheer others on. Who are you cheering on?
Someone who checks you
The people who check us are the uncomfortable people in our life. This is someone who reminds you of your truth, who you are, and what you’ve been through. People who check you may not always have sincere intentions. They may be envious or jealous, but they are still one of your strongest allies. By being checked, you are forced to reprioritize or refocus when things have gone off track. Whether they are doing it for the right or wrong reasons, they can be very powerful and beneficial in your life.
Someone that cares for you
People who care for us tend to be people we spend a lot of time with and usually play a big role in our lives. Jay reminds us to make sure we are caring for the people who are caring for us. The people who truly care for us do what they say they’re going to do. Do you do what you say you’re going to do for others?
Someone with high character
This is a person who represents all the values we appreciate. They remind us of our north star. These are the people who remind us of how we want to live.
Someone competent in areas you want to grow
This can be a coach, teacher, or anyone who is competent or passionate in an area that you admire. It’s possible that we will meet a lot of people until we find the right person to teach us. Once you do, it’s so rewarding to use their wisdom to grow rather than always trying to figure it out yourselves.
Someone who is consistently there
These are people you can call up at any time and you know they’ll be there. These people are extremely underrated, and they are the people who have been in your life consistently. Jay reminds us to not undervalue these people and that they stay around because they love you and value you.
Someone that champions you
This is someone who isn’t always there and isn’t always accessible, but if you reach out, they’ll champion you. This comes by trying to offer support. Make sure you have something to offer these people as well.
Someone that challenges you
These people challenge your ideas, thoughts, and the way you believe. This can be someone you don’t agree with, or who doesn’t agree with you. It can even be someone you may not vibe with. This might be someone who doesn’t care about you, but they still serve a purpose and can be of support to you.
So, ask yourself; Who are you being a cheerleader for? Who are you consistently there for? Who are you championing and who are you challenging? And don’t the people who do these things for you deserve to know their impact?
If you want to listen to this episode, or other episodes by Jay Shetty, his podcast can be found on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and even Youtube! You can also find the link to this specific episode below. Happy Listening!