As I write this it is May 20th, 2019 which happens to be my 19th wedding anniversary. I wake up every day giving thanks for my life which always includes a specific shout out for her, but today I spent some extra time taking inventory of our relationship. Then my mind started to drift a little and I got to thinking about my blog post today so I thought I would merge the two.
When I met my wife Bridget I was 28 and pretty convinced that I was NOT going to get married. Not that I had anything against marriage, I just knew that I wasn’t going to settle for a relationship that fell short of what I thought it SHOULD BE. My expectations were pretty high in that I wanted someone that was incredibly generous, put me first at least half of the time, cared about my goals and depended on me to support hers and that we had a shared vision of the future that would benefit both of us, not just one of us. I expected honesty in ALL things and wanted to know that she was going to be there for me no matter what.
Shouldn’t we have the same expectations of our business partners? When I think about people that I have worked with that were awesome partners at the most successful times in my career, they met all of these expectations. As I think about suppliers that I worked with on the manufacturing side of the business that really helped me accomplish great things, they were this kind of partner. If you were to ask my customers that I have helped grow over the years, I hope they would tell you that I am this kind of partner. I certainly strive to be.
My marriage to Bridget has been pretty amazing. No doubt there have been highs and lows but at the end of the day, we can count on each other. She is a world class mom, my best friend in the world, and surprises me all of the time as I learn more about her every day. She looks past my faults and believes in me when I am unsure of myself. To say that she is my better half would be understating the reality by a lot. I thank God for her every day so HAPPY ANNIVERSARY HONEEEEEEEEE.
The sad part of this is that she will never see this because she doesn’t read my blog. 🙂
I hope that the expectations you have of your co-workers, suppliers and of yourself when it comes to being a good partner are big. If so; great things will happen.
Great Dos Marcos podcast from last week so check it out where we talk about our good buddy Ryan Baty at The Mattress Hub in his quest to change the direction of his advertising. There is NO DOUBT, he is on the path that will take his business to the next level so check it out!