Someone once told me the secret to a good partnership is to give 100% of your time and effort, all of the time. It seems to straight forward and simple, yet it is surprising how so many people don’t take this advice to heart, whether in their business partnerships, relationships or in their team environment in general. As a result, we see the majority of new business’s fail, soaring divorce rates and championship caliber teams facing upsets on a daily basis.
Too many people enter into a business with the wrong person, get married for the wrong reasons or join a team as they think shared responsibility and having extra support will make things easier to achieving their goals. The thing is, if you were to ever watch the training regime and practices of a championship team, you would see the ease they seem to appear to have is hard fought and well-earned in many hours of solid preparation, conditioning, discipline and self-improvement. A successful marriage is not one that is easy going and laid back but one where both partners are mature enough to tackle decisions jointly, no matter how hard it might appear, and when we have to face something difficult, knowing that the other person will face it with you, helping you to get through difficult items, not avoid these. And finally, no one would ever willingingly take on a business partner that was lazy, wanting to ride off the success of someone else or simply was trying to make his or her life easier.
So what should we be looking at to create wining relationships? Part of this comes down to finding the people that truly are willing to give 100% all the time. Too often people think arrangements are 50/50, however if two people are giving half of what they are capable of, no one will ever be truly satisfied. If the Canadian men’s hockey team showed up to play at 50% effort, they would never come home with Olympic gold. Those that recognize that hard work, effort and sacrifice produces superior results will rise above the top, live lives they are proud of and see more satisfaction in all of their relationships. It’s about respect for the effort each are putting towards a joint goal, and trying to match that. It’s like Ignatius once described about meeting your vocation – trying to find that thing or person that allows your talents to meet your passion, that’s when you actualize what you truly want and will be able to see the results you want.