Team; is a commonly over-used word, often times in false context or without meaning. I can say this because I’ve experienced it many times in my life, whether it be high school sports, a college group project, or in the office during my day job. But on the flip side, I’ve been a part of awesome teams, or at least had awesome team members to show me what it’s really like to work together, collaborate, have each-others backs and accomplish something – it changes everything.
The standard definition of a team is; “come together as a team to achieve a common goal” or “two or more people working together” – this definition, in my opinion, does not truly represent what it’s like to be on a team.
My definition of a team;
- a trusted partnership with open collaboration
- being able to call someone out on their shit
- sharing thoughts, life moments, news with confidence
- laughs when needed
- undoubted support
- not leaving someone behind
- it’s pushing someone to be and do their best; even if it’s hard
- accomplishing what you set-out to do
Beyond the football field or boardroom, your best team is at home; your family, spouse, significant other, best friend, sibling, pet… it’s those teams too that really prove the meaning of a team. B and I often like to remind each other, especially if we’re disagreeing about something that we’re a team and we need to figure this out together. It’s those times of honesty that really make you appreciate having that support and person in your life.
If you’ve never been a part of an awesome, strong team, keep holding out – it’s an amazing bond, a bond that I wish more people appreciated as much as I do. Working with people is instrumental in our lives in this generation, so why not make the most of it?
Teamwork is running 2-hours and not giving up on the other person, even when you both want to quit, it’s running across the finish line, together.