Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Barack and Michelle Obama, and Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z all have a lot in common. Sure they’re pretty impressive as individuals, amounting to multi-million-dollar status, but put them together and boom! A power couple is made.
They say two is better than one, and suffice to say that’s certainly the case when it comes to glasses of wine, pieces of chocolate, and hours of sleep ... but it’s also pertinent when it comes to people.
While many like to operate as lone wolves, people often find greater success and live richer lives on all accounts when they team up, whether that be finding a loved one to share your life with, or a business partner to help strengthen an organisation.
They have a clear distinction between the two areas of their lives and I think that’s what makes them operate so well.
So what differentiates a power couple from an ordinary couple? The Huffington Post cited eight things power couples do differently:
- They brainstorm together. A couple which has been known to do this is Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates and his wife Melinda. They work to improve themselves, individually and as a pair.
- They support each others’ pursuits and ambitions, even if that means taking turns. A prime example of this is Bill and Hillary Clinton – while Bill was in the hot seat, Hillary stood by his side and now that she’s running for office, Bill is reciprocating.
- They exercise together. Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer and her husband Zachary Bogue, are testament to this, running half-marathons together.
- They get divorced when it stops working.
- They avoid the limelight.
- They follow their own interests, even when they work in the same field. Barack and Michelle Obama are a prime example, while Barack is leading the United States of America, Michelle is focused on her own projects.
- They compromise on scheduling.
Judging by the power couples I know and have come across on the Sunshine Coast, those similarities do ring true, particularly the one about avoiding the limelight. Often, they’re very private people and love nothing more than succeeding in their chosen professions and receding in their private life, they have a clear distinction between the two areas of their lives and I think that’s what makes them operate so well.
I say, more power to you.