There’s an African proverb that says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Fast is fun for a while. It’s great to cover a lot of ground, but then you get weary and worn. Going far simply can’t be done without people to support you. There’s a place for both. Sometimes you need to pull ahead and move fast. Other times you need a great team to carry you.
I have come to realize that that my instinct is to tackle projects alone. I love collaboration, but I often doubt that others actually want to play with me. Because of this, the hardest part of chasing a dream for me is to know how to invite people in. I’m trying to start a movement of people who buck the status quo and choose to pursue impact and meaning, but I don’t know how to do that. I easily revert to just doing it myself, but I can only get so far alone.
No one accomplishes great things unless there are others that want them to succeed.
You can do a lot by yourself but you can do the impossible with a great team.
Here’s some of how it works for me (a developing model): I know that I have this deep desire to work with others yet a tendency to go alone, so I work to bring others in as much as possible. I meet once a week with a small group of Masterminders, I meet every couple of weeks with other friends who are constant encouragers, I have a wider circle that I consider advisors who I go to with questions and places of tension. And I have a handful of therapists with whom I talk about my work with my clients. Most importantly, beyond those people, I have you. You’re reading this and you’re striving toward making your meaning in the world, and I know that we’re in this together.