Being a part of the team

When you’re playing team sports — like basketball, soccer, hockey and football — you might be the star of the show, but there’s no show without the rest of the team. So you’d better not let them seeing you strutting your stuff too much. And you’d be wise to spread some of the glory around a bit, because face it — without your teammates, you’d be nowhere.

Sure, you’ve worked hard to get where you are. You’ve got talent and it shows, but no matter how good you are, you’ve got to remember you’re playing a team sport. The key word here is “team.” No matter how good any one individual player is, you cannot succeed at this game without the rest of the players.

On a team, each individual player has a vital role. Each and every person on the team plays an important part toward the game’s ultimate success. All players do not possess the same exact skills or expertise. No one player can cover the entire field alone. The team cannot function cohesively or achieve its goals without every player doing his or her individual part, and each player is trained to perform a particular function or serve a specific need. If the team is going to win, you need all the players — and each must do his or her part well.

There comes a time when you have to let go of the ball and count on your teammates to take it from there — to do their part — to play the game the way you’ve been practicing. You’ve got to hand it off. You alone cannot cover the entire field. You’re only one person, and if you keep trying, you’re going to lose the game for everyone.

Being part of a team means you are only one part of a larger entity. You cannot do it on your own and you are not supposed to. Your role is to play your part and play it well so that together you can achieve more than what one of you could have achieved on your own. At a certain point — when you have done your particular part — you must let go of the ball and hand it over to the next person to do his or her part. You do the very best that you can and then you have faith and confidence that each member of your team will do the same.


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