One of my favorite comedy actors is Bill Murray! (Come on, who doesn’t love him?)
I’ve always been a big fan. I’ve watched almost all his movies. I even remember being sad back in the mid-nineties because he started to become less popular and I remember thinking “I wish he was in more movies!” Recently, he’s had a career resurgence and has found much success doing more independent roles. As happy as I am to see him back, it’s not his best stuff.
So here I am a few days ago watching Ghostbusters 2 which is one of the best movies ever made, and I found out that Bill Murray and Harold Ramis did not talk for 21 years until Harold Ramis became sick. During filming for Groundhog’s Day they had a falling-out.
they had a falling-out and did not speak for 21 years!
The story was that Bill Murray felt that Harold Ramis was getting credit for Bill’s success and Bill did not want anyone to think that he needed Harold Ramis. Harold Ramis as a friend, writer, and director, always felt like he brought out the best in Bill Murray. Let the record show, that he did bring out the best.
That got me thinking about partnerships.
There really is something special about a good partnership where two or three people will make their best work together but apart from each other they tend to not be as creative or fade into obscurity. (As I think about some of those broken partnerships, I get sad knowing that the world ultimately loses out.) BUT THEN…. there are those times when two people will partner together and create powerful results and really take their gifts to the next level.
Finding that person is another story; but the power of partnerships is important.
Some people can bring the best out of you and unfortunately some people can bring out the worst!
It is very important to develop those partnerships that can maximize your potential and help you to be the best that you can while at the same time understanding the value of that relationship. This week, take some time to think about the partnerships in your life. Think about the people who are making you better and develop that partnership. And also think about the people who are bringing out the ‘not so good,’ it may be time to reevaluate that partnership.
(shameless plug disguised as a simple reminder) – My mission here at succeedbydefault is to partner with you to bring out your best.
I want to hear what you think in the comments below! What do you think makes those partnerships so great? And for fun, can you think of any partnerships that broke up and their genius was lost?