It is natural to want to employ your friends when you find yourself in times of need. The world is a harsh (суровое) place, and your friends soften the harshness. Besides, you know them. Why depend on a stranger when you have a friend at hand?
The problem is that you often do not know your friends as well as you imagine. Friends often agree on things in order to avoid an argument. They laugh extra hard at each other's jokes. Since-так как honesty rarely strengthens friendship, you may not know how a friend truly feels. When you hire a friend, you gradually discover the qualities he or she has kept hidden. Strangely enough, it is your act of kindness that unbalances everything. People want to feel they deserve their good fortune.
The problem with using or hiring friends is that the friend is rarely the one who is most able to help you. Skills and competence are much more important than friendly feelings. All working situations require a kind of distance between people. Keep friends for friendship, but work with the skilled and competent.
A stranger is someone you have never met before.
Telling a complete stranger about your life is difficult...
If you are a stranger in a place, you do not know the place well.
`You don't know much about our town, do you?'—`No, I'm a stranger here.'
Skill is the knowledge and ability that enables you to do something well.
The cut of a diamond depends on the skill of its craftsman.
If you say that a person or thing deserves something, you mean that they should have it
or receive it because of their actions or qualities.
I felt I deserved better than that...
The Park Hotel has a well-deserved reputation.
* Короткие ответы в английском, типа я надеюсь/думаю, что ДА/НЕТ -> я (не) надеюсь/думаю ТАК