Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, NLT)
“You just can’t find good help these days.”
“If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.”
While I’m sure both of these statements were correct at certain points in your work journey, my experience coaching business people, even Christian ones, over the years suggests that any time you make one of these statements, you’re telling me a whole lot more about yourself than you are the available work force.
Conversely, the author of Ecclesiastes shares undeniable truth about working with others.
Truth 1: Two people are better off than one.
Simple mathematics, right?
“Wait a minute,” you say. “It depends on who ‘the other one’ is.”
We’ve all served on teams where we pulled most of the load. It starts early in school when the teacher pairs with another student who underperforms.
Still two people are better off than one.
Think about it. The possible outcomes multiply based on the doubled inputs. Even if the inputs aren’t equal, you still have more input than you have as one.
Imagine what will happen if you invest in “the other one” and help develop input abilities. Suddenly the potential increases exponentially as you work together using your God-given gifts.
Two people are better off than one.
Truth 2: Two people can help each other succeed.
The best teams are those in which persons function together toward a common goal. Remember Paul’s analogy about the Body of Christ and body parts? None are greater than another, but when working together, the whole body has purpose?
Success is bringing God glory with your work. It’s not about pins and plaques, trips and transactions. It’s about the team winning by solving a customer’s problem, or creating an innovative product that delivers better, or . . . you fill in your vocational interest.
Two people bring their puzzle parts to the solution-creation process and succeed, giving God the glory for both their work and each other.
Truth 3: Two people can reach out and help.
Let’s face it: you need help sometimes. I’m sure those times are rare (yeah right!), and yet they do happen.
Failure is a learning experience each of us has as a part of working. Sometimes you get it right. Other times you miss the mark. It happens.
That’s when you benefit from another person reaching out to help. He offers options you had yet to consider. She speaks an encouraging word of hope into your despair. He reminds you of a previous triumph and confidently calls out the best in you to do it again. She asks, “What if…” and you’re back in the game. You reciprocate when your partner is in need.
. . . someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Any source of help dries up. Even when you want it done right, and doing it yourself seems the only option, you will fall alone and find yourself in real trouble.
Two people can reach out and help.
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