A new feature has been added.
We can now write a post that tells the world, well everyone in this forum anyway, that we’re looking for a partner to encourage us and quite possibly hold our feet to the fire.
I’ve posted a brief description of what I’m looking for.
The question is, how should you evaluate potential partners?
What should you look for?
Here are a few suggestions.
Look for someone who you believe will:
1. Understand what you’re trying to achieve.
None of us is familiar with every niche. And while there may be some overlap among some of them, others will be completely unrelated.
2. Understands you.
There’s a lot to be said for chemistry. There are some people who, when you first meet them, you feel like you’ve met an old friend; and there are others who you’ve known for years who still feel like strangers.
Choose someone that feels easy to talk to.
3. Recognize and challenge your faulty thinking.
On the one hand, we all want to be encouraged, to be told that everything will be all right. On the other, we don’t want to surround ourselves with people who are afraid to tell us what we might not want to hear.
It doesn’t have to be tough love necessarily, but there has to be honesty and trust between you.
4. Benefit from partnering with you.
Partnering is a special relationship. It’s a privilege as well as a responsibility.
A good fit is one where both of you can benefit one another equally.
It may be early days to discern this, but it’s really frustrating to give advice when asked, and then have the other person repeatedly tell you why he/she can’t/won’t do it.
I will challenge your suggestions usually because I see connections down the road that you may not. To me, that sort of discussion is for the sake of clarity; not resistance.
Have I covered everything?
What else should you consider when you evaluate a potential partner?
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