Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results. –Andrew Carnegie
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Nothing great was ever done without enthusiasm.” I would like to add that it was also never done alone either. To achieve success in life we need to build a team. The team must share a common vision.
I once read that when Sir Edmund Hillary became the first man to summit Mt. Everest he was supported by a climbing team of well over six hundred individuals. In every interview he ever gave Hillary always gave the credit to his team.
The same is true today in adventures, sports, business, and families. Those that are successful assemble a team, create a common dream, goals, deadlines, and a strategy. Each member uses his or her strength to take the team closer to the goal. Each member is valued. All share in the achievement of the goal. At different times different individuals lead. When the finish fine is crossed or a deal closed it may appear by one individual, but that ‘one’ represents the team.
Who’s on your team? You need to share your dream with some individuals that can help you achieve it. They may not be able to finance an expedition. They may not know the right people. But they may in fact give you a word of encouragement, or send you in the right direction, or share with you a newspaper clipping, that lands you on the next step toward your success.
Build a team! Surround yourself with individuals that bring out the best in you and genuinely encourage you to become your best.
How do you find these members? You’ll know. They are the individuals in your life that ask you about your dreams. They are the ones who congratulate you on your success. They are the ones you can’t wait to see and share your ideas. Other team members may have found earlier success in the direction you are heading. Some may have a skill or knowledge that you need to make the next best decision.
Start building your team today. Your team members may not even know you put them on your ‘list’. Determine the skills and qualities you will need to rely on to make it to the next level.
I wish you the best. Keep me posted on your success. I want to be on your team!
(Kelly Croy is an inspirational speaker, author, and performing artist. Visit our website to invite Kelly to perform at your next event.)