Synergy: Why I Beleive in Collaboration over Competition
Synergy is defined by the Cambridge Dictionary as:
“The combined power of a group of things when they are working together that is greater than the total power achieved by each working separately:”
All my life I’ve always been a part of a team. I was raised on the African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child.” My family believes in this philosophy so much, that even my second grade principle had permission to discipline me if I acted out. Not because my parents couldn’t do it, but because they wouldn’t always be around: thus relying on the village. This is the kind of accountability gained
Even when playing sports you’re taught, “There’s no ‘I’ in team”. You’re literally relying on the ability of others to accomplish your goal to win. My fraternity’s motto is “Friendship is Essential to the Soul”. Highlighting the importance of friendship in your everyday endeavors. There’s no question that the company you keep plays a role in who your are. Having a solid group of friends can make a world of difference.
Synergy is an important thing to have when building your network, working in your career, or establishing meaningful relationships. I recently had lunch with my a former teammate and fraternity brother, Ralph Cooper. We both happened to be in Denver, Colorado (where I took the picture of the sculpture) that weekend and made sure we would get together and catch up.
We talked about how important it was to network and that “who” you know may sometimes pay more dividends than “what” you know. Everybody needs somebody. I am a strong believer that collaboration is needed to stand a fighting chance. The power of unity and doing things as a group has resulted in large scale initiatives that has changed the world. Successful people realize that they need help to accomplish their goals. Whether that’s a mentor, or someone to invest in their business, it’s needed.
I’d be a liar to say that I’ve gotten this far by myself. And I’d be a hypocrite to turn my back on someone going through a similar struggle. In a world that’s everybody for themselves, I aspire to be one that help those that can’t help themselves. You can always do it alone, but you shouldn’t always have to.
Next time you’re lacking energy, draw energy from your support system. From your family, friends, and even co-workers.
Listen to Bill Withers:
“Lean on me, when you’re not strong. And I’ll be your friend. I’ll gel your carry on. For, it won’t be long. Til in gonna need. Somebody to lean on”
If you need somebody to lean on, I’ll be there. Contact Me
Start your day off with the rest the song: