Are you going it alone, or do you have a team? It’s something to really consider. Two heads are better than one. If one man falls, the other is there to help him up. But, woe to that man that falls alone, there is no one there to help him get back up. There’s a lot of wisdom in that. Going it alone, will take it’s toll. It’s so much better to have your own squad, and people who help you to see around corners, and blind spots. Everyone needs feedback, advice, input, correction with focus, and a team will give it to you.
I’m building an awesome team. My mentor’s list is growing, and now my client list is starting to show signs of growth as well. I can’t take all the credit for this, I have a team: my folks, Danielle, my kids, Favi, Mark, Emanuel, Carston, Amy, Katie and Chris, Jess and Aaron, Birgit, and the Maddox family just to name a few. Not to mention the Pastor of our church and his family, along with many other people that have become my primary support system along the way. Yes, I attend church, but you don’t have to believe what I believe, just know that it works for me. Wherever your team comes from, if it works, it works.
The phrase, “Teamwork makes the dream work is true.” My inner circle is tight, and it works for me. My team is made up of positive achievers that know how to get the job done. They have proven themselves to be loyal, trustworthy, dedicated, committed, and hardworking. Who wouldn’t want a team like that? They tell me what I need to hear, not necessarily what I want to hear. That helps to keep me grounded. Everyone needs people in their lives that do that.
Teams are also there for your survival during the “famine” as it were. There are going to be times when life gets really rough, and your team will be there to help you through it. Call them your “Survival kit”. They help you to go from survival mode to thrive mode. And yes, they are essential to your success. You may be become a self-made millionaire, billionaire, or whatever. But, you didn’t get there by yourself. It just doesn’t happen. All great people had and/or have a great team behind them. Even if it’s only one or 2 other people. The ones that help you get back up when you fall, so that you can stand tall.
When you become prosperous, that’s when it’s time to really acknowledge and appreciate your team in public. You should be doing this the whole time in private as well. Constantly showing gratitude, love and appreciation to the ones that helped you in public is priceless. There’s nothing worse than a glory hound. You know, the ones who have to take credit for things others have done to take the spotlight off of the other person. Superstars can’t stand to share the limelight, and will take credit that hasn’t been earned. Be like professional coaches: cut them from the team and replace them with a team player. You’ll be glad that you did.
Your team is a source of: help, inspiration, motivation, encouragement, appreciation, gratitude, reality checks, and at times, your shoulder to cry on. Let them know what they mean to you. If you’ve lost a team player that was: good to you, there for you, and always had your back? There will be someone else that will appreciate them. Believe it. What kind of team are you a part of? If it’s not helping you to stretch and grow, stay focused, keeping you grounded in reality, nudging you out of your comfort zone, or just helping you to keep your ego in check? It’s time to expand and get some new team members.