by Sylvia Ford-George
In the real world, it’s never really “All About Me”. Especially when it comes to business. So if you want to become successful in life you’ve got to change your thinking. Because no matter where you are on the food chain line, you’re never more important than the person sitting next to you.
One of my favorite doctors left the practice he belonged to, to pursue a career as an ER Internalist. To this day patients and staff alike try to convince him to start his own practice. He politely smiles, shakes his head no, and keeps walking. We loved him as a doctor because of his good bedside manner and his great way of caring and tending to you as if you were one of his own, and because he treated you not as a number, but to actually make you get better. He has no interest in setting up, building and running a practice and keeping up with all the mundane stuff that goes with it. He’s a “doctor”, not a boss, not an administrator. He wants no part of the hiring and firing, because he’s all about the healing. And so life goes. You have people who want to be in charge and run things, and those who just want to do the work. And it can’t be all about either type because every profession, occupation, trade, task, etc. needs someone besides oneself to be a success.
Doctors with practices need receptionists, nurses, cleaning crew, accountants, and someone to make sure the lights, heat/air, phone service and computers stay on and working or they wouldn’t be in business for long. And the same is true for businesses everywhere.
Despite what the hosts may think, Live with Kelly and Michael would not be the success it is without directors, producers, make-up and hair artists, wardrobe, writers, lighting crew, electricians, prop managers, set designers, audio and video directors, stage managers, etc. And CEOs may set the tone and direction for their companies, but without a CFO or accountant keeping the money on track; without a secretary or receptionist pleasantly greeting clients and properly forwarding calls; without sales folks bringing in business; without assistants and staff fulfilling the work clients expect to get done; where would a business be?
Doctors need nurses, models need make-up artists, teachers need students, bosses need workers, trainers need someone to train, designers need someone to wear their clothes, Twitter needs folks to tweet, and on and on and on.
So the next time you’re thinking it’s all about you, take a good look at yourself and ask “Did I really get here by myself?” You may have set the course. You may have laid the path. You may have even provided the resources and put a plan in place. But you didn’t do it alone. Others provided help along the way. And once you realize it you’ll change your tune from it’s all about me to it’s all about me because of you. And there’s nothing wrong with that.