Mentorship April 30, 2017
I am proud to come from a family that really emulates the phrase “high tides float all boats.” For us, though, this does not only apply to our blood relatives, it applies to everyone we happen to cross paths with. We don’t believe in receiving what we want or need at the expense of someone else. Why should it just be us who benefits? Why can’t we all benefit? Shouldn’t we all float?
Those who know me well know I am a huge advocate for collaboration in all aspects of life. I don’t agree with the theory that we are inherently competitive human beings and that we should only look after ourselves. I do believe that taking care of and loving ourselves is most important, but we should be doing the same for other people as well. In a world of seven billion people, it seems to me common sense that we should be working with together. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be able to interact. Right?
The gifts that we have all been blessed with may be independent of each other, but they definitely complement each other. For example, one person is a great writer and another is a great speaker. Both can accomplish great things on their own and achieve their own success independent of each other, but what would happen if they worked together? The speaker could recite the works of the writer while the writer could put into print the words of the speaker. This would allow for both parties to reach a new level of success as they would now have a larger audience. Where is the fault in that?
Not only does collaborating with others help you further your own progress and the progress of those you are collaborating with, but it also provides you with the opportunity to gain more knowledge. And who doesn’t want to be smarter? I think that is the real benefit of collaborating with someone else because it shows you how capable you are of both receiving and giving information. And that is a gift we all share. So why not share it with each other?
Next time you have a challenge ahead of you, why don’t you reach out to someone who may be better equipped to tackle it and ask for their assistance? Some people may view asking for help as a sign of weakness, but I see it as a request for more strength and skills for life. It’s all in the mind and you control your mind, so my advice would be to think positively rather than negatively. That alone will make a huge difference in your life.
So, give collaboration a solid try. I am sure you will be pleased with the results. Be a part of the effort to keep all of the boats afloat!
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