Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships (Michael Jordan).
I promise you, your product will be more perfect in 2 weeks if you partner with me! Are you willing to risk slowing down to enjoy double the success? If I have a proven track record in producing what you desire, will you take the risk? Absolutely,“Yes!” If we want to give the best advice on healthy lifestyles, good choices and achieving success to the next generation, then we have to team up! We have played enough games to know how many rounds we can survive alone. But, what about the ultimate Championship for life? If we want to qualify for the ultimate championship for the future of our families, neighbourhoods, nations and the world, then we have to work hand-in-hand to make the dream work.
“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. [It is] the ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results” (Andrew Carnegie). From a psychological perspective, our group membership shapes our identity as parent, child, professional, and more. It is the teamwork of the Democratic Party that caused Barack Obama to become the first African American President of the United States. It is the teamwork of the Republican Party that also caused Donald Trump to become the first non-career politician President of the same United States. It is teamwork that caused Jamaica to send the first bobsled team to the Winter Olympics in 1988. It is team work that is allowing Nigeria to be the first African nation with a bobsled team in the 2018 Winter Olympics. What is impossible with teamwork?
I began a journey 10 years ago that laid the groundwork for the Dear Little Sister, … and the Dear Little Brother, … projects. Ten years later, it has become something bigger and more tangible than I could have ever imagined just a decade ago. You see, I dreamt what I could manage on my own from my neighbourhood. However, I kept sharing it with others at home and abroad. Others added their expertise and insight and it expanded beyond what I could have accomplished alone. Just this week, I took it back to the Immaculate Conception High School and shared it with those who had been with me in the beginning. They were amazed at what they could read after 10 years.
Isaac Newton said, “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” My partners in the fight for the future could see the e-book. They could read their questions. They could see their challenges reflected in its pages. So, our community was strengthened as we are all poised to see it in the market. But, we have had to team up. In teaming up, we had to slow down to accommodate each other’s strengths. Just yesterday, I shared with a very special person who had shepherded me through the baby stages and we agreed on a new ending. So, I have to add a new chapter. Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up.” So, I ask you: Is the effort and the time worth it? Yes. We see more. We learn more. And, we all grow more as a community.
You can also start with one dream and end up with another far beyond your imagination. How is that possible? It is possible if you find a safe place to share it. Patrick Lencioni said, “Teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability.” So, find someone that you can trust and dare to expose your dream.
On my own, with my devices consistently performing at optimal capacity, I could have completed something that would have passed, but not necessarily been phenomenal. Without the buy-in and the contribution of others to understand what works, what does not work, and what would be best included or excluded, the project would have greater limitations. Instead, we are allowing it to take wings and to fly through the networks of sisterhood and brotherhood where they were first birthed.
I am learning to slow my pace to accommodate the steps of others. I am accommodating more so that the projects can go into the farthest places. “It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed” (Napolean Hill). Not only is your success exponentially increased, you get the joy of celebrating with friends!
I challenge you today, to look out for the opportunity to partner with someone so that your dream can be much greater than you could have ever imagined. Call someone and share it so that it can multiply much faster than you could have ever believed possible. Show someone the sketch, the outline, or the phrase that you have to change your world.
Dear Little Sister, … is just around the corner. I promise you that it is bigger and better because of teamwork. Look out for it soon on Lulu Press.