what does it mean to have a “partnership”? according to webster’s dictionary, a partnership is “the state of being partners”. and if we were to take that one step further, it would mean working together towards a greater good. I’ve been thinking about partnerships a lot lately, and think that partnerships don’t get the credit they deserve. too often, we’re all so concerned about ourselves and our own lives that we forget to work with others to create a common good. getting married (two years ago today!) to the love of my life has taught me a lot about partnerships. so what have I learned?
have a common set of goals and missions that you work on together. this is so true for the success of a work culture – having goals and a clear mission for a team to work together towards is so pertinent to success. in fact, if there aren’t clear goals, I’m a firm believer that the company will fail. imagine a team working towards their own separate goals. do you think they’d ever get to a place that was consistent and similar? likely not. marriage is the same way, work together on a few things that you both care about and life will be so much easier.
realize that you may not always have the same role. sometimes, my husband is my rock, my guiding light when things suck. other times, I’m the calm one and am spending my energy keeping him focused on what he needs at the moment. partnerships is not an individual sport, it’s a give and take, a beautiful dance between two people that is always changing with the tide. accept change as a constant thing and see it as a fun and positive way to enjoy life.
encourage and feed the positive energy. no matter how much life sucks, always always stay positive. you can allow yourself to feel down or bummed out once in a while, but don’t let it sit for too long. if you do, you’ll infect your partner with your negative energy and you’ll bring the whole group down. if I’m feeling stressed at work, I try to keep to myself as much as possible until I’m feeling better. this keeps my negative energy from infecting the rest of the team and keeps it contained until I can get back on the positive band wagon.
marriage is tough, but it’s a partnership that teaches a valuable lesson – life is too short to live alone, make partnerships with the ones you love most and nurture those as much as you can. thank you, Mr Fuller, for always teaching me what it means to be a good partner. can’t wait for the next things to come our way!