“It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.”
— Napolean Hill
If you’re on the team, you need to help the team win.
It doesn’t matter if you score a touchdown. It doesn’t matter if you score three goals or hit a home run. It doesn’t matter if you make 100% of your three-point shots or win every faceoff.
Likewise, it doesn’t matter if you build a perfect database, give a great speech, write an amazing proposal, or work 14 hour days for a week.
Great individual performances don’t mean much if the team loses.
If you want to win, you need to make your team better. You need them and they need you.
You put your team in the best position to win when you hold yourself to the highest standard, but also check your ego and make sure to take care of your teammates, too. The team gets stronger when you take the time to mentor the guy who’s struggling, or when you overcome difficult personalities, or when you share knowledge. The team levels up when you quit worrying about getting praise and laying blame and start giving praise and taking the blame.
The best teams win. The best teammates make everyone around them winners.