The Value of Connections for a Successful and Happy Life

Claudia Brose
7 min readFeb 4, 2022

Why you should think of your relationships as a better investment than your paycheck

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My friend takes her new boyfriend to the airport, the business school program on the US east coast where thy met is over and he has to go back to Paris, his home. She is wondering if this wonderful but future long-distance relationship between the US and France will hold up. He has other thoughts and holds up a ticket and asks her if she comes with him. Just like that.

Like in a time-lapse movie scenes race through her head — I am about to start a job in some weeks at the east coast…I just rented an apartment…What the hell am I doing…?!?!

She took the leap. No luggage, just equipped with her purse she boarded the flight to Paris with him.

Relationship? Career? Happiness? Fear? Optimism? We don’t know what was racing through their heads at that moment. We can only imagine.

I was speechless when I heard this story my friend Carole told me about her life while we were hiking Mount Tam (Mt. Tamalpais) in the Bay Area some years ago. Wow! Amazing you did that, I said.

The story happened 25 years ago, and after some years in Paris, some places across the US, my friends are living in California, married with two young kids, and with great careers.

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Claudia Brose

Writer, Event-Creator, Marketing Professional turned Rebel against a rushed world | Japan mad | Cyclist | Get my Newsletter Un-Rush