Amazing is a Team Sport

When’s the last time you tried to do something amazing?

Not ‘Hey look at this thing I built‘ amazing that would look great as a Facebook post or that might land you that next job.  No, I’m talking about amazing as in ‘I was on this team that traveled to a war-torn country and gave medical care to hundreds of indigenous people.’

The first one is easy, because you can go it alone and you don’t have to rely on anybody else.  It may look amazing to you, but it really isn’t.  It’s not amazing because there’s no risk.

Do MORE Amazing With a Team

You either succeed or you don’t.

If you succeed, you get to talk about it to a few people in your network.  The few that are actually listening.  There are only a few because all your exploits are small wins, like building a birdhouse.  One person can certainly make a difference, though, don’t misunderstand.

Big wins take more commitment.  Big wins take a team.

You can commit 100%, and you should.  But the absolute maximum you can commit is 100%.

And if you commit 100% and succeed (you don’t always), you’re left asking:

What if I was surrounded by others committed to the same cause?  What could we accomplish then?

When you get a team of people involved, a team of passionate believers equipped with love for others and a skill to share, you have dozens or hundreds (or more) people committing to the success of the organization, the project, or the care of other people.  Maybe all three.

That’s an unstoppable force.

When your tribe grows to a point where it feels out of control, you’re finally on the right track.  That’s when you have to start delegating leadership to capable believers.  And those leaders start recruiting others to the cause, adding to the commitment pool.

And that commitment added up totals thousands more percent than you could provide on your own.

Even if you did the same amazing thing over and over again, you still couldn’t accomplish as much amazing as with a team.

Here are the three steps to start doing MORE amazing:

  1. Invite people to join you.  “Hey, wanna do something awesome?”  
  2. Ask them to bring a friend.  It’s been said ‘The more, the merrier’.  It’s true.
  3. Delegate portions of the big amazing thing you’re about to do to those most inspired by the project and those most capable of leading that portion of the amazing.
  4. Rinse and repeat.

Anthropologist Margaret Mead taught us this:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
― Margaret Mead

Without thousands of passionate believers, you won’t grow to make the impact you dream about.

It started with you.  Then a select few around you.  And then more people around them.  And on it goes, growing exponentially until you reach critical mass and you’re no longer the sole force behind it.  That’s a beautiful thing.

What amazing things are you trying to create?  What if you invited others to join you?

Go, therefore, and create MORE amazing.