My Odd family friend, Rachel, sent me a link to a really great article about a concept coined “Thought Partners”. According to the link, a “thought partner is someone who Challenges your thinking, Causes you to modify or change your paradigms, assumptions or actions, Has information or a way of thinking that provokes you to innovate or otherwise leads to value creation in your business, career or life.”
I am lucky to have a great many thought partners in my life.
Rachel is my thought partner when it comes to being connected to things that are not easily seen by others. If I want to talk about matters of the soul, I am going to text Rachel—which, by the way, is where all our thoughts meet and engage with each other. We muse well together through text message.
My sweet mother is my thought partner when it comes to my hair. No matter how shitty I am about my hair, my mother keeps fooling with it, making suggestions, and rarely loses patience with me because she knows eventually we will create a style I don’t hate.
I would like to think that I fill the role of thought partner for friends around the area of technology and grief. For many the two are interchangeable!
Some of you are thinking this is nothing new—women have been musing together since Eve saw Adam pluck the Apple off the tree, and called her girlfriend and asked, “WHAT WAS HE THINKING??” But if you were Eve’s thought partner, rather than agreeing that Adam was a complete moron you might ask if she was excited about the possibilities of living beyond the garden, and then the two of you might talk about great desserts that did not include fruit, and so and so on… until the two of you had grown well beyond the garden, and had created some entirely new and different possibilities for Eve to consider.
Thought Partners want you to grow and move beyond the status quo. Tell us about your Thought Partners!
Odd Loves Company!