“You can have the nine greatest individual ballplayers in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime.” Babe Ruth.
The truth of the Babe’s statement is well known by any coach who has had the torment of 9 all-stars on his/her team. The really great players in any endeavor learn early to value the contribution of each player. One missed block can lose a close game, in contrast one above and beyond block can pull off the last-minute victory.
Babe’s statement is very good for team sports, where a player dons the uniform of the team. But there’s more to it than athletics. All serious efforts need the input of others, and the others must take responsibility for their effort.
Years ago, I read a book by J. Paul Getty. At the time, Mr. Getty was said to be the richest man in the world. He was a genius and a sad man who lived to make money. In his book, he did away with the idea of the “loner,” making it clear that he used the abilities of numerous others to acquire his massive fortune.
If you read much religious literature you may come away with the idea that the truly successful clergypersons are “one man” or “one woman” operations. It’s true, one person is often the spark plug, but it takes more than one person to build a team, a business or a church, let alone a successful family.
Jesus Christ set the pace with His team of twelve ordinary men who followed His instruction, committed whole heartedly to His program, and turned the world right side up!
A winning life, business, team or family will take a hint from literature as well as scripture, and treasure the value of being serious about whatever it is that’s being attempted. Here’s the saying:
“All for one and one for all, united we stand, divided we fall.”
Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers.
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