The Recipe for Magical Partnerships

The Recipe for Magical Partnerships

Written by Emilie

Topics: Productivity

Today’s blog post comes to you in video form!

I discuss collaboration, the entrepreneurial urge to go it alone, and the magic in finding that perfect collaboration partner.

Also mentioned in the video is my podcast co-host Abe and his sweet new blog Do Something Fly!


  1. Angela says:

    Another great post! You’re right, don’t use partnerships as an excuse to not go out and make awesomeness happen on your own. Use partnerships for good, like accountability or idea sharing. I used to wait around for a partner in crime, so to speak, but I think I just needed a little push to do things on my own.

    • Emilie says:

      Thanks Angela. Yup, you got it. Sometimes we need a little push and then we’re able to take the spotlight ourselves. It feels pretty awesome when you’re able to make that leap. Go you! :)

  2. Abe C. says:

    I don’t think you give yourself enough credit for your speaking skills. This was great Emilie! I’m honored to partner with you on the podcast for all the reasons you mentioned. To use a sports analogy (which I’m sensing you will grow to love), it’s great to have a collaboration partner that covers your blind side–yup, in the American football sense with the Sandra Bullock movie, etc. AND just gets it. The great thing about Internet collaboration is that your “left tackle” for your next project or goal is only a few clicks away, and could be very different from who’s available in your hometown, school, or immediate surroundings. Instant diversity. Life is good! Like you said in the vid, it’s easy to fall into solo putty mode, but few things rock harder than a healthy collabo to knock out shared goals and keep you on your toes!

    • Emilie says:

      Ladies and gentlemen, Abe. :D

      Oh man, I gotta learn me some sports analogy! My attempt in episode 1 was pathetic. But I should make it a regular thing… Like each episode I’ll try throwing one out there. Oh god no, that’s a horrible idea- what am I saying! (I don’t watch/enjoy sports… unless we’re talking, like, roller derby).

      You’re so right about the benefits of the web though. You get to collaborate with someone because you have shared interests and you consciously select them. The partnership isn’t merely a result of physical proximity or convenience.

      Who’s excited to record episode 2? (me! me!)

      Thanks for inspiring this post Abe. :)

  3. Lach says:

    This is so on the money, Emile. I don’t know if you’re familiar with Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, but much of that book is about the principles you described here: the journey from dependance to independence to interdependence (and synergy). I can really relate to your observation that sometimes we involve ourselves in partnerships because we’re afraid of standing in the spot light alone. I’ve certainly been there (not fun, actually). It’s scary stepping out on your own, but that’s also why it’s rewarding. When you can hold your own, then your partnerships will have a totally different dynamic.

    • Emilie says:

      Absolutely. The collaborative process is completely different when you’re not doing it out of fear, but as a conscious choice to take things to the next level. That can make all the difference between an endlessly frustrating situation and utter delight/creative magic.

      I haven’t read “7 Habits”, though I’ve poked through it a couple times. It’s probably one of those classics I should read though. :)

      Thanks for the comment Lach!

  4. Nick Laborde says:

    Right on Emille, the power of a mastermind is priceless. As long as you don’t use it as a crutch as you stated. I know from personal experience here that I couldn’t have accomplished a lot with out teaming up with the right people.

    7 Habits is definitely a book that you should read.

    Here is a cool mind map of the book.

    • Emilie says:

      Thanks Nick! Yeah, the right people make all the difference.

      Love the mind map too. I’ll definitely check it out. Actually I’m going to download the audio book now. I have too many other books to read at the moment. I think having it in audio format will ensure that I actually absorb the information. But yes, I’m on it. :)

      • Nick Laborde says:

        Audio books are pretty much the only way I do books. I have quite a collection in my Ipod that I can tap into for road trips and such. I go through several books a month just on my commutes, which is other wise wasted time.

  5. Rob says:

    Right on Emilie! Full respect for doing the video post, it’s a great idea, and very gutsy!

    I agree with what you say as well, having someone who approaches things from a different angle to yourself can be amazing. It enables you both to be filled with so much passion and so many ideas that anything seems possible.

    Can’t wait for the podcast!

    • Emilie says:

      Totally! When the right elements are there it’s the greatest.

      Thanks Rob. I’m excited about our little “collaboration” too… and we should do more of those. :)

  6. Michael says:

    Thanks for the video, I second that opinion that independence is a very important part of developing your own voice, your own brand.

    The same time, being surrounded by the “right” people can push you one (nope, more) step(s) further. I found one or two locally, but most of them online, but thanks to comment sections, twitter, facebook, skype it is possible to keep anybody updated and to initiate conversations, and sometimes collaborations.

    BTW, thanks for the guide “undeclared for life”, it rang a big bell, as if you’re describing my chaotic and jumpy character.

    • Emilie says:

      Hey Michael,

      Oh yeah, I didn’t even get into the branding stuff, but I totally agree with you. I think the best way to stand out in the blogosphere (and in life) is by putting your personality out there, and doing it unapologetically.

      The online resources are fantastic, I agree with you there too. It’s incredible how powerful something like Twitter is when it comes to meeting like-minded folk/potential collaborative partners.

      Thanks for sharing!

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