Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people. -Steve Jobs
No driver crosses the finish line without the mechanics that built and maintained his car. No waitress serves a meal without the cooks that prepared the food. No band rocks a stadium without the sound engineers or the hands that built the stage. And no pilot flies without the builders of the plane or the engineers that designed it in the first place.
Of course we all have brilliant ideas and knowing our individual efforts does much to help us continue our forward progress. We develop our individual skills and talents, our expertise until we become the thought leaders we are meant to be. We honor individual achievement and for good reason! Recognition for our hard work helps us see that what we do is valuable, matters to others, and keeps us motivated to continue in what we’re doing.
We must also understand that teams are essential if we’re to achieve the greater successes we desire. Unless your goal is to live broke and in complete isolation, it’s impossible for us to develop every single skill we’ll ever need to succeed. There are skills we may just not even want to develop or it doesn’t make economic sense for us to learn.
This is where teamwork is so critical. Our expertise can serve others, just as other can fill in where we are weak. We become stronger for working together and collaborating helps us grow so much quicker where before it might not have even been possible.
It’s okay if you’re not a master of everything you’ll need along the way. The greater your expertise the greater the value you can provide and the better you’ll be compensated for your efforts. Working with others who have done the same is how we achieve greatness far beyond our own capacity.
Think about this as you go to build your team and watch how much faster you all grow for your efforts.