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The Rules of Love, 2nd Edition by Richard Templar

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RULE 90

Your best friend was once a stranger

Think about your very best couple of friends. Go on. OK, now recall how you first met them. What did you think of them? Did you know they’d end up as one of your best mates? Were you wary of them to start with? Or perhaps envious? Or dismissive? Go on – remember how you felt about them that first meeting.

One of my closest friends started out as a bitter enemy. In fact, we were working together and we both tried to get each other sacked (not one of my proudest moments). Lucky we both failed, because within a few weeks we were hanging out together all the time. Of course I have other friends I started out better inclined towards. But I couldn’t have predicted they’d end up being such staunch and wonderful ...

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