Speaking only for myself, I think it's fairly straight forward on the 'how'. Compromise
is always treated like some mutual agreement but it's not. One person has to concede to the other, if the other part is in agreement then you've lowered your standards.
I refuse to. I am not required by any agency to lower the bar and I certainly won't concede to things I will not tolerate.
I think Dan has it right. I like the simplification too. If you do lower your standards, you end up resenting that decision later. I've learned that from experiences of youth.
Respect between two parties is the glue that holds the relationship together. Doesn't matter what the nature of that relationship is.
So going through life without compromise is pretty easy. It takes a really long time to know someone well. At some point you may realize the relationship is a dead end, so why continue it?
If you keep compromising, you learn fairly quickly that you have lost a step each time. Some people get so lost, they forget who they really are. All in the name of the 'relationship'. Fuck all that noise.