An Exponential Lift
There is an African proverb that says “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.”
This couldn’t be more true in the business world, where teamwork and collaboration give us the strength to continually stretch ourselves with new ideas, adaptations, solutions, and innovations. Coaching and mentorship, too, play a huge role in “going far” because we need both education and support to reach our goals. It is impossible for me to imagine a future of entrepreneurship that doesn’t rely upon leaders, peers, clients, and family members who make big dreams possible.
Recently, at church, I heard a story that amplified this message for me in a profound way. I heard about how a Belgian horse, by itself, can pull 4,000 pounds of weight (that’s two tons!). Two Belgian horses can multiply that haul four times over, pulling 16,000 pounds. That’s two horses doing four times the work of one. WOW.
And it gets better.
If the two Belgian horses live in the same stall for at least two months, together they can pull 32,000 pounds. That’s eight times the capability of a single horse—all because they had the opportunity to bond and connect. These Belgian horses are a prime example of going “far together” instead of “fast alone.”
Now, what’s really cool is to see this play out in people, too. Perhaps not literally pulling tons of weight, but figuratively so!
Within More Than Just Great Dancing®, for example, when our members get involved in our coaching calls, webinars, Facebook forum, and live events, I watch them transform their businesses exponentially. Sometimes that exponential change is with enrollment growth or leadership development or daily operations; other times it’s finding the sweet spot of balancing work life and home life. Sometimes it is all of the above.
I see this with other coaching clients and friends in the industry too. The lesson is clear: you can do a lot on your own, but once you find a friend or accountability partner or mentorship group, you can do so much more. There is energy and then there is synergy. What we are talking about here is synergy!
It is immensely encouraging, I think, to witness these examples of how to go far—and then experience it for yourself. There is something uniquely special about pushing past the norm and not just reaching expectations, but exceeding them in an exponential way.
Here’s to sharing the load, working together, and going further!