i have been binge watching re-runs of The Amazing Race of late thanks to the availability of the fifth season of The Amazing Race Australia on disney plus. after i had completed that, i watched the entire 32nd season of The Amazing Race and i am currently just re-starting the 31st season (as i do not think i had completed it the first time i had watched it).

re-igniting my love for this television show has made me realise that the key thing to making any partnership work is really and truly open and honest communication. an uncohesive relationship is really very immediately obvious and it causes so much discomfort—not just to the ones in the relationship but also to anyone unfortunate enough to be privy to it. the bottom line is: discordance is infectious and (extremely) unhealthy. period.

also, i think in order to make it far as a pair, there needs to be flexibility to adapt. an agile partner is an effective partner. it is actually beneficial in more ways than one. first, in regard to challenges, there will not be any limitations as to who is able to tackle what. therefore, whenever one teammate is unable to step up to perform a task due to game regulations, the other is able to automatically intercede without any hesitation. secondly, whenever disagreement takes place, it is discussed, resolved and interred. it is all purely objective hence, effective. thirdly, if there is one task that is not panning out well, being agile allows for quick pivoting.

which then leads into: being pragmatic. having the good sense to realise quickly when something is not functional is fate-altering. in that, teams that have been blindly stubborn have ultimately paid the price. there is no shame in admitting failure because it is not failure that is defining; it is what takes place following the failure that is.

another factor that i think contributes to a winning team is trust. be it with navigation or task selection, there has to be trust from the other party who is not the one driving or who has decided to follow the choice of the decision maker. in the event that doubt arises, then, go back to open and honest communication.

knowing how to motivate/encourage your teammate is also extremely important. there are so many instances in which the other teammate keeps yelling out sentences like: "you can do it!!" / "you have got this!!" and i know that if it i was in the midst of attempting to complete a task, hearing that sort of stuff would actually really throw my focus off and make me feel even more pressured. i would just need my teammate to be quiet and let me complete the task on my own.

in addition, i think it is always important to maintain team spirit. i think it is really so imperative to always bear in mind that it is the problem you are both up against, not the person. no blaming, no finger-pointing and to wholly accept that when you win, you win as a team and when you lose, it is also as a team. maintaining a united front means always having each other's backs ergo not speaking ill of and towards one another is also crucial for me. i personally will not remain in a partnership with someone who will be quick to throw me under the bus should adversity arises.

finally, a successful partnership is one that survives tribulations. it is so heartwarming to see people gain a newfound love and respect for the one who sticks by them through every test thrown their way and when there is triumph, the success is all the sweeter because it was accomplished together. if you could not be with the one you love then love the one that you are with.