All too often we observe people handling situations in life with a “me first” attitude:
“What’s in it for me?”
“How will I be benefited by this?”
“Will I make more money as a result of this?”
While it’s perfectly reasonable to want to know how we will personally benefit, it’s also important to consider the effects on the overall group that we are a part of (company, association, school, family, etc.).
How many times have we seen a professional athlete leave one team because another team offered more money? When we (too often) hear this athlete quoted as saying their decision was based on their family’s best interests, some of us are curious how the family is not doing well on 4 million dollars a year and the increase to 6 million a year is crucial to their continued survival. This may sound a bit cynical, but sometimes I wonder if these families really want to be uprooted and start whole new lives in another city or if they would prefer to stay where they are…and that more money is NOT really an issue to them.
Now if the athlete just came out and said, “You know, I love having a ton of money and I just want a ton more and that’s why I’m leaving my current team and moving on” … that would be a refreshing statement.
Don’t get me wrong. I do not begrudge anyone wanting to make more money. What concerns me is that the concept of “team” seems to have eroded some over the years. And a team is an essential element in the success of a business, especially a small business.
I believe if you make it a point to surround yourself with “team players,” your chances of success are ENORMOUSLY improved. And your stress level will go down in proportion to the amount of team “play” you’ve got happening.
This is not to say that you should overlook having skilled people working with and for you.
If I had to distill this down to a one-liner, it would be:
A skilled team player is a far greater asset than simply a skilled player.
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