Compromising is a great idea, until generosity leads to grievance between those who give and those who take.
We enjoy working with people who are willing to accommodate, shift their posture to our needs. However, we would be a fool if we expect them to compromise endlessly.
Long-term relationships are built on alignment. It is when the thing that matters most to you is the same thing that matters the most to them.
Here’s an example: Mercedes make prestige cars that is unattainable to many and people want to send a message that they can pay a lot.
Mercedes doesn’t pretend to be the fastest, safest or coolest. They work hard to be reliably expensive.
Compare to the tense relationships which goals don’t align. These relationships are connected on a small opening but the deal was never fully understood or communicated.
The young chef exploring the culinary edges and the hungry diners that wants the same winning dish.
The venture capitalist plotting a hockey stick trajectory and the entrepreneur that wants to grow sustainably.
The architect graduate yearning to paint the skyline and the client wants a functional building.
This is no one’s fault but a lesson to learn about the edges, your edges. And perhaps to be compromising, it starts what you won’t compromise on.