But only one worth investing in.
In business and in life, there are essentially four types of relationships:
Some people see life as a transactional zero-sum game, a series of Win-Lose or Lose-Win interactions.
Those trapped in a zero-sum mindset often force interactions to be Win-Lose, with themselves as the victors. That approach may produce a win at the single interaction scope, but it precludes any chance of future collaboration and the accumulated gains that would come from it.
Win-Win relationships deliver value in the moment and over time. Every iteration increases trust making them increasingly more efficient.
An established Win-Win partnership will open the door for new such relationships. Your network is your net worth, and Win-Win relationships can help you expand it.
The beauty of a Win-Win mindset is that you don’t need to leave something on the table or – worse – trick others into doing so. You simply need to be genuine and honest. The mental bandwidth saved alone makes Win-Win relationships worth it.
Do your best work and look for people who appreciate that and will do the same in return. Isn’t that a better way to operate?
Life is a repeat game. Look for Win-Win relationships.