Let me tell you a quick story. I have a friend who I always enjoy being around. We both had the opportunity to travel to the Philippines a few years ago as United States delegates for the APEC summit. During our down time, we spoke about our current businesses and a few ideas for new businesses. And we both thought it would be a great idea to one day work together. Even though we live about 1500 miles away from each other, we probably talk a few times a month. And then one day……he calls me and says that he’s got a business opportunity that will be amazing.
It’s been about 3 months of working together, planning, strategizing, and implementing. It’s been hard work, but it’s been FUN. And as I ponder on this journey with my friend, I am reminded of a mantra that I keep close to me. People want to work with people they like and trust.
It’s just that easy. And it’s worth repeating. People want to work with people they like and trust. The reality is that not everyone will like you or me so you cannot work with everyone. But, there are certain people that you connect with, and your core values, work ethic, and/or culture aligns. You realize each others strengths and capitalize on them. And you supplement each other with what you can so you both can succeed. You build on the law of reciprocity where it all balances out in the long game.
I’m grateful of my friendship that has led to an opportunity that works well for both of us. It affirms my belief that we have to be transparent regardless of a personal or professional relationship. There may not be an immediate opportunity, but eventually, it does happen.
It is my hope and wish that this story inspires others to build relationships with those they truly like and trust, and that we can help each other be better, stronger, and richer in our lives.