THE FUNDAMENTAL PARTNERSHIPS OF SUCCESS
Every successful person understands that they can not succeed by
themselves. Success is always based on effective partnerships.
Every business needs customers. Every manufacturer needs
suppliers, and entrepreneurs depend on partners for financing,
marketing, and production. Even the solitary "day trader"
depends on thousands of people who maintain the systems that
permit them to work "alone."
But there are even more basic partnerships that often go
unnoticed, and like any partnership that is ignored, they can
fall apart with disastrous impact on your business, and your
life. I'm talking about the "internal" partnerships that are
absolutely fundamental to your long-term success.
Here are 4 vital "partnerships" that must be maintained and
nurtured for your business to flourish:
1. The partnership between your "Head" and your "Heart". People
stuck in jobs they hate are examples of allowing this
partnership to erode. Whether it's the lure of profits or the
loyalties of a family business, the results of following a path
without passion are the same. We make money, and spend it on
therapists. We have the prestige or the money, but find no joy
in the process. The "logic" of your head and the "passion" of
your heart must partner together for long-term success.
2. The partnership between your "Goals" and your "Values". How
often have you defined a goal, committed to its achievement, and
then failed to follow through? Often, this is because your
values were not aligned with the goal. If your goal to earn more
conflicts with your value of spending more time as a family, the
value will win every time! Values go deeper than goals, and when
there is conflict between your goals and your values, you will
fail to reach your goals, and feel badly about it, every time.
3. The partnership between your "Desires" and your "Resources".
Often, we attempt projects for which we do not have the skills,
the financing, or the aptitude, and in the end, we fail.
Financing a lifestyle on credit cards is a common example. So is
attempting to run a business without the skills required for
success. When our desires and our skills partner effectively, we
are viewed as competent, and become an expert in our field. But
when our desires and our resources are not aligned, the result
is frustration and disappointment.
4. The partnership between your "Vision" and your "Effort". Many
entrepreneurs have a clear vision of success, but fail to do the
work of turning their vision into reality. Other individuals
have the energy and ambition to work hard, but without a guiding
vision, their work is scattered, inconsistent and unproductive.
Success requires partnering a brilliant vision with the hard
work of focused daily action.
To maintain these internal partnerships, regularly clarify your
priorities. Review your goals and your values, and assess your
actions in light of your vision. To achieve any long term
success, you will need external partnerships with colleagues,
suppliers, and customers, but you will also need strong internal
partnerships based on knowing who you are, what you want, and
where you are going in life. Nurture these partnerships and they
will take you far. They will take you to the top!