In my last blog, I made reference to the idea of convergence.Â Itâ€™s where two distinctly different things come together and makes something new.Â My theory is that we are multidimensional beings with different interests, skills, passions, and motivations.Â When we get these multiples working together, we find new opportunities, advantages, and distinctions.
We pursue different things in life because of these multiple traits or competencies.Â Since development may take ten or more years to develop fully, our best opportunities may not be possible until a person reaches their mid-forties.
My â€œthingsâ€ were my two distinct professional backgrounds, one in ministry and the other in accounting and management.Â Combining these two professional backgrounds may not appear to make any logical sense, but itâ€™s how Iâ€™m finding my professional success and satisfaction.Â My friend combined his passion to teach piano and his expertise in accounting into a single business.Â Other entrepreneurs have combined different interests and created multiple streams of income.Â However, convergence, or the power of two, or three, goes far beyond the world of work.
Another friend has often quoted Rodd Wagner and Gale Mullerâ€™s Gallup publication, The Power of 2.
â€œEmployees with just one collaborative relationship are 29 percent more likely to say they will stay with their company for the next year and 42 percent more likely to intend to remain with their current employer for their entire career, compared to those with no relationships.â€
The Hebrew author of the biblical book of Ecclesiastes wrote,
â€œTwo are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down,Â one can help the other up. But pity anyone who fallsÂ and has no one to help them up.â€
While relationships in any form can be complicated, it is a rich blessing when two or more people come together for a shared purpose. The Lone Ranger had Tonto, Batman had Robin, and Sherlock Holmes had Doctor Watson.
Two of most anything appears to balance life out and produce exponential benefits.Â For example, we are given two ears, eyes, hands, and feet.Â (Fortunately, we have only one mouth.)
What two interests, skills, passions, or motivations could you combine to add richness and fulfillment to your life?