The Team Is The Most Important Thing.


Most teams have their egos. The general rule is the bigger the talent, the bigger the ego.

Conversely the best and the hardest team to form is one when there is no ego. Where the pursuit of the team goals is the only thing that matters. A selfless team is the hardest to form because putting the ego to one side is a difficult thing.

The mission is to the fore. The ego left at the door.

To reach this stage the team is the most important thing. The team looks after the team. Teams win because everyone in the team puts the team first.

Once this state is reached it is by far the most potent. It has reached its optimum. This is the selfless team. The rarest team. The most potent team.

Not just in what it can achieve, but the feeling you get from being part of it. This team, even with less talented individuals, can beat a team with superstars that is not a team.

Disagree, but we don’t need to be disagreeable.
John Wooden

Even if you are a writer tucked away in your little shed, you still need a team. You will need an editor. Probably an agent. A book publisher. Then you need a good friend to tell you when something sucks, when no one else will.

In order to do your best work, you will have to build a team around you. Where ego is not allowed to get in the way of you doing your best work.

The team works for the pursuit of doing the best work. And that alone.

And teams win.

To finish, I want to tell you one last story. I heard it on the radio. It was from a World Cup winning rugby team member. He was asked if his biggest achievement was winning a World Cup medal. And he said no. His biggest achievement was in the tunnel before the game. And everyone looked at each other. They knew how hard each other had worked to get there, how much they had grown as people together, and had all put the team before themselves. They said a thank you to each other just with eye contact and a nod of the head. They were, in that moment, a team. That was his finest moment.

Your potential, the absolute best you’re capable of: that’s the metric to measure yourself against. Winning is not enough. People can get lucky and win. People can be assholes and win. Anyone can win. But not everyone is the best possible version of themselves.
Ryan Holiday

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