Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Ingredients of a Perfect Relationship - TRC

For many years, I have been telling people what I believe to be the three things you MUST have in any relationship - professional or personal. This wisdom comes from too many years of experience. I realized that all the relationships that have failed or disintegrated have been because one or all of these ingredients were compromised. When I am obligated to attend a bridal shower and asked to write down the recipe for a perfect marriage, this is what I offer to the bride-to-be:

  • Trust - Reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence
  • Respect - Esteem for or a sense of the worth or excellence of a person, a personal quality or ability, or something considered as a manifestation of a personal quality or ability
  • Communication - the imparting or interchange of thoughts, opinions, or information by speech, writing, or signs

Notice I didn't say anything about "love"? I firmly believe that if you have all three of the main ingredients, "love" happens. Love is a symptom of the core elements. That's what dating is about - establishing trust, respect and communication.

It's the same with business. It is virtually impossible to have a sustaining, successful relationship with a partner you can't trust, nor respect and are unable to communicate with. I challenge all of you to go out and find those people in your network/life who you maintain all three core ingredients with. Those are the people who will help you when you need it most.

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