The 17 Best Medium Articles on Business and Personal Relationships

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Your life is made of people. Everything you do will involve people in some form or another, so you might as well learn how to become a better people person.

It’s one of the few skills that you can practice every single day and will only lead to more happiness, more success, and greater joy in your work and your life.

We’ve collected the 17 best Medium articles on relationships into one location. Collectively they have over 85,000 claps on Medium. That would put this collection in the top 13 most clapped articles on Medium.

Because relationships span all aspects of your life, this collection is loosely broken into “Business” and “Personal” relationships, though you’ll realize the distinction tends to blur when you’re focused on just being a better person.

Business Relationships

These articles reference relationships from a more business perspective.


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Why Your Success Depends On The Strength Of Your Relationships

The people you surround yourself with influence more than your behaviors. Your relationships determine who you will become (or not). Even something as simple as changing your seat changes how you work. That’s why, every Friday, an elementary school teacher asks their students where they want to sit next week…

Gustavo Razzetti

Gustavo Razzetti

Gustavo Razzetti has been transforming leaders and teams for over 20 years. He is the founder of Liberationist, a Change Leadership firm. Together with his team, he helps people increase self-awareness and adaptability to succeed both personally and professionally through his company Stretch For Change.


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Why Investing In Relationships Is The Killer Growth Strategy

I used to be an asshole. I just didn’t care about people. I wanted them to read my blog, and buy my crap, and that was it.That was my sole priority. Everything else was purely secondary. The quality, the amount of time I invested in them, the amount of effort and energy that went into my work — it didn’t matter to me…

Jon Westenberg

Jon Westenberg

Jon is a Sydney-based writer and entrepreneur who is passionate about technology, business, and creativity. He writes for Inc.com, Speedlancer, Huffington Post, and more. He’s held multiple C-level roles as Chief Marketing Officer and Marketing GM for both a financial services firm and a tech-based web platform.


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This 4 Second Mental Reset Will Improve Your Relationships And Business

Most people approach relationships backwards. It’s not that our intentions are bad. Our attention is just in the wrong place: on ourselves rather than the other person. It turns out, a little empathy is all you need to fix nearly any situation. Empathy creates space for deep and relevant relationships…

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How to Create Rare And Life-Changing Relationships With Anyone (even your heroes)

There are two types of relationships: Transactional & Transformational. Transactional relationships are economic and functional. They’re based on exchange of money, goods, or services. They serve a very clear point. And when that point no longer makes sense or has been fulfilled, the relationship ends. Transactional relationships are important. They’re how you got the groceries in your fridge, the place you live, the clothes you wear, and most of the things you enjoy in your life…

Benjamin Hardy

Benjamin P. Hardy

Ben Hardy is the author of Willpower Doesn’t Work: Discover the Hidden Keys to Success. He’s the #1 most read writer on Medium for Self-Improvement and Entrepreneurship, a PhD candidate in Organizational Psychology, and the father of 3. You can learn more about Ben at Benjaminhardy.com


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6 Undeniable Truths About Relationships No One Wants To Admit (And How They Affect Your Business)

The expression “naked truth” comes from a fable in which Truth and Falsehood went bathing. Falsehood went and dressed in Truth’s clothes, and Truth, refusing to take another’s clothes, went naked. When there’s conflict in your life, you don’t make good decisions. You don’t sleep well, and you end up stressed. You obsessively check your phone waiting for a response…

Nicolas Cole

Nicolas Cole

Nicolas is a writer, author, and 4x Top Writer on Quora. He’s been a contributor to TIME, Forbes, Fortune, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, CNBC, and has written over 400 articles for Inc Magazine alone. He is also the founder of Digital Press, a content marketing agency focused on building thought leaders. You can learn more at Nicolas Cole.


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Make Relationships, Not Things

Brands think of content as another product to create, but content isn’t a thing. Content is a relationship. This statement has the whiff of woo woo, but allow me a moment to convince you of its simple truth. Because once you’re convinced, you’ll be free to stop deliberating about what to make, or how to make it, or whether it will go viral, and instead realize this one, simple truth:…

Steve Bryant

Steve Bryant

Steve was previously the founding editor of InsideHook, the director of branded and sponsored content at NBC, one of the first employees of Thrillist, and a blogger and columnist for The Hollywood Reporter. He also founded two ridiculous events: Wiimbledon, the world’s first Wii Tennis tournament, and Rental Car Rally, an overnight road race in costume. He is currently the founder of Dicks and Betties: an agency that helps companies tell better stories.


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The 10 Relationships Every Entrepreneur Can’t Afford To Not Have

I try to network as much as I can and I love it. Yesterday, I was talking with a co-worker who said, “Wait. You don’t have a banker??” I said no and proceeded to learn more about my small brain. So it got me thinking: what other relationships should I have? Are there more? Here’s what I came up with and why…

Dave Schools

Dave Schools

Dave is a writer and digital strategist from New York. He’s the author of Runaway Millionaire, owner and editor of Entrepreneur’s Handbook, and a writer for several publications including The Next Web, Fortune, CNBC and more. Dave is also the creator of Party Q’s, a mobile app for conversation starters available on the App Store and Play Store. Highly Recommend!

Personal Relationships

These articles reference more personal and intimate relationships though the fundamentals like listening, empathy, and trust are the same.


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Why Most People Will Never Have Great Relationships

If you have great relationships, there’s virtually nothing that can defeat you, or even discourage you. As prolific author Frank Crane once wrote, having a close friend “doubles every joy and halves every defeat.” But if most of your relationships are shallow and superficial, it doesn’t matter if you have the most “successful” life imaginable — everything still rings hollow if there’s no one to celebrate with…

Anthony Moore

Anthony Moore

Author | Writer | Coach
16 months after graduation, Anthony was fired, $13,000 in debt, had no direction, and was effectively hopeless. 3 years later, he’s debt free, published his 2nd eBook, and finished his Masters in Psychology. Now him and his wife Kimi travel the world.


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11 Secrets To Better Your Relationships

I don’t really think that anyone, unless they are sociopaths or competing on reality television, goes into a relationship expecting or wanting it to fail. I think we look at others with hope, with intrigue. We enter friendships, parenting, romantic love, or any relationship, with a kind of prayer in our heart…

Mandy Chew

Mandy Chew

Mandy is a woman on a mission to seize life by the toes and always “Chews” Joy in life! She and her husband Jonathan Chew are the creators of The Positopian and their site ChewsJoy.com where they have over 10,000 Positopians changing the world.


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5 Simple Ways To Make Your Personal Relationships Work Better

Life can be stressful. Let’s face it, we all need a break from our daily routine, anxiety, pressure and situations that make us feel closed-in and helpless. When life gets overwhelming, it is usually our partners, spouses, boyfriends and girlfriends that we turn to for comfort and understanding…


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The Power of Reciprocity: The Way Relationships Work for Everyone

Perhaps the turning point in my evolution as a writer, businessman and person of the world was the day I realized that I needed to give something in return to those who help me. I now consider my old-way of thinking — expecting that others might help me out of pure benevolence — a surefire sign of immaturity. Relationships thrive when each person gives of themselves to the other…

Christopher D. Connors

Christopher D. Connors

Chris is an enthusiastic writer, career coach, speaker and the author of the Amazon bestseller: The Value of You. He focuses on personal development, values and emotional intelligence in an effort to deliver value that will help enrich your life. You can learn more at chrisdconnors.com


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5 Surprising Lessons I Learned From Buddhist Nuns on Dating and Relationships

I spent two weeks at Plum village, a Buddhist monastery in France. I came to recover from burn out, and what I found was not only wisdom and practice around how to be present with life, but also wisdom on love. While the nuns must abstain from any kind of romantic or sexual activities, they shared heartfelt and grounded advice about dating and romantic relationships…

Jessica Semaan

Jessica Semaan

After moving from Lebanon, attending Stanford Business School, and working at Airbnb, Jessica started her own blog: Passion Stories. She interviewed and told the stories of people that loved what they did. During this time, Jessica found her new passion: helping other’s find theirs and started The Passion Co. to help!


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Deep Acceptance In Relationships

I ended a previous article with Reinhold Niebuhr’s famous serenity prayer. The first facet of that noble triptych is “grant me the serenity to accept that which I cannot change.” Done properly, this mindset can make all the difference in relationships, but like so many things, much easier said than done, and much more complex than it might appear…

Robert Solley

Robert Solley

Dr. Robert Solley is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in neuropsychology and couples therapy in San Francisco. Earning his PhD from the California School of Professional Psychology in Berkeley, Dr. Solley has been licensed for over 20 years. You can learn more about Robert and his counseling at Solutions4Couples.com


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How To Improve All Your Relationships

Every once in awhile, we experience an epiphany from an unexpected source. Such was the case for me, when viewing a scene in the movie As Good as It Gets. The film stars Jack Nicholson (Melvin Udall) as a misanthropic author, Helen Hunt (Carol Connelly)as a struggling waitress and single mother, and Greg Kinnear (Simon Bishop) as a gay artist…

John P. Weiss

John P. Weiss

John P. Weiss crafts evocative, serene landscapes that celebrate the serenity and beauty of nature. John is also a former editorial cartoonist, whose work appears in several volumes of Charles Brooks’s Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year. John often illustrates his articles and blog posts with his detailed cartoons. You can find more of his work at Johnpweiss.com



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The One Thing To Save All Your Relationships

Communication is the most critical ingredient of any type of relationship. Yet today’s world has so much noise, we have all forgotten how to listen. “Yep, yep. Got it. Great. Yep. Yep,” he said. I was telling Toby my latest family crisis at warp speed, covering each detail as if it could be a secret clue to a buried treasure…

Heidi K. Isern

Heidi K. Isern

Heidi is a writer, thinker and whiskey drinker equipped with a MBA. She serves as the Managing Director at Parliament, previously led different portfolio’s at IDEO, and had her own strategic advisory firm where she designed growth strategies and product roadmaps for Fortune 500 firms and start-ups. You can learn more about her at Heidi Isern


Couple on the beach - Developing Serious Relationships in your 20s

Why Developing Serious Relationships In Your 20s Matters

Are you in your twenties? Are you an entrepreneur? Have you been told by your friends, your advisors, and your professional peers that now is your time to build your own life and not worry about things like settling down and having children — especially if you’re a female entrepreneur? It makes sense, right?…

Elizabeth Spiers

Elizabeth Spiers is the founder of The Insurrection, a full-service data-driven political and media company. She was the founder of Breaking Media, founding editor of Gawker, and has been a columnist at Fast Company and Fortune Magazine. She’s also been a guest commentator on CNN, Fox, CBS Marketwatch, MSNBC and more. You can learn more about Elizabeth at Elizabethspiers.com


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Why All Relationships Mirror The Relationship You Have With Yourself

Have you met people with plenty of friends with the best relationships? The person who smiles all the time and offers unconditional love to those dear to them? Relationship experts will tell you the reason their relationships thrive is because of the relationship they have with themselves. They have learned to love their innermost being and found their true identity…

Tony Fahkry

Tony Fahkry

Tony is a writer, speaker, and coach. He’s the author of Awaken Your Authentic Self, The Power to Navigate Life, and Reconstructing The Past: to create a remarkable future. Tony originally graduated with a degree in fashion and worked in the fashion industry before he found his passion for writing and speaking. You can learn more about him at Tony Fahkry.com.


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