“Individual commitment to a group effort–that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” – Vince Lombardi
Just like players rely on their teammates in sports, teamwork is essential in life as well. When individuals collaborate and work together towards a goal, they are stronger than one person working alone. It’s so valuable to have people encouraging you and being there to help you when you get knocked down, and it’s important to be that person for others as well. We all have something to contribute. We can all learn from each other. When we recognize that we can’t go through life alone and that we can accomplish much more with other people, we are able to go further than we could have gotten by ourselves. We often think that being independent and relying on no one but ourselves is what makes us strong, but real strength comes from acknowledging that we need help and that we can do so much more together.
“One thing I know for certain is that nobody ever makes it anywhere on their own… If you make it anywhere in life, you owe that success to the people along the way who stuck up for you, or made sacrifices for you, and gave you a push when you needed it.” – Gordie Howe, Mr. Hockey
Game Plan: Surround yourself with people who motivate you, support you, and are honest with you – and don’t underestimate your ability to be that person for somebody else. Everyone has something to contribute to the world, and we can learn something from everyone that we meet.
Quote source: Andrew Carnegie
Photo: Patrick Kaleta and Jhonas Enroth of the Buffalo Sabres