We live in a world that is constantly telling us that we need to be in competition with others in order to succeed. That in order to be the best, we have to beat everyone else. But what if I told you that that competitive mindset is actually holding you back from true success? What if I told you that the key to success is actually collaboration?
Collaboration is the true cornerstone of growth. It allows you to experience new ideas and perspectives, without getting bogged down by egos or agendas. When you're in competition with someone, it's easy to get caught up in trying to one-up them or prove that you're better than they are. But when you're collaborating with someone, your only focus is on working to create something great.
While competition can be fun and exciting, it can also hold us back from reaching our full potential. This is because the nature of competition is to be divisive rather than coming together.
While competition in and of itself is not a bad thing, it can become very dangerous if it's your only focus. This is because competition is about having ONE winner. Which creates an atmosphere of scarcity - where it is difficult to share ideas. Instead of being focused on creating something great together, you're focused on tearing the other person down so that you can be the best or have the most.
In contrast, when you're working together towards a common goal, creativity and innovation thrive.
Competition is about progressing alone - collaboration is about progressing as a whole. When you're focused on competition, you're only worried about your own success. But when you collaborate with others, you open yourself up to the possibility of true greatness. Greatness that can only be achieved by working together towards a common goal.
In a competitive environment, there can only be one winner. But in a collaborative environment, everyone can win. When you're competing, your focus is on yourself and what you need to do to be the best. But when you're collaborating, your focus is on the team and what you need to do to help the team succeed.
When it comes to learning, collaboration is one of the most effective methods (and often one of the most overlooked). Collaboration helps people to develop self-management and leadership skills while helping them to retain information at a deeper level.
In order to be successful in any collaborative effort, you need to be able to manage yourself. This skillset serves leaders well. Leaders need to be able to set deadlines, organize their time, stay focused, and deal with distractions. Leaders who can't manage themselves will not be able to manage others effectively.
Leadership skills are also developed through collaboration. As a leader, you need to be able to motivate others, delegate tasks effectively, resolve conflicts, and make decisions under pressure. (All of these skills can be learned and improved through collaboration.)
Deeper Level of Learning:
When people collaborate on a task or project, they typically learn more than if they were working alone. This is because when you're working together, you're sharing ideas and perspectives. This leads to a deeper level of understanding and allows for greater creativity and innovation.
Be in the Room is a supportive, no BS community for women in business that focuses on the power of collaboration. It's the TRUE definition of a mastermind. The community recently launched a new membership level that has allowed more amazing women to access the community and join this incredible collaborative experience.
In order to be successful, remember to focus on collaboration instead of competition. When you collaborate with others, you open yourself up to the possibility of true greatness. In a collaborative environment, everyone grows - and everyone wins.
Ryann Dowdy is a community builder and expert in sales. She's built multiple 7-figure businesses of her own - and helped hundreds of women successfully build the 6 and 7-figure businesses of their dreams. Women have been drawn to her programs not only for her incredible expertise, but also for the community and connection opportunities they find themselves missing in their everyday lives. Today, as founder of Be in the Room, Ryann's mission is to create a space for women to come together and be fearlessly themselves while empowering the next generation of female leaders.