In Part One we looked at two “seemingly” opposing statements, “If it is to be, it is up to me” and, “Nobody does it alone” and saw how – though somewhat paradoxical sounding – they actually fit together quite nicely.
Not surprisingly, everyone who wrote in agreed. It’s rather self-evident that, yes, we need to embrace personal responsibility…and that part of that responsibility is to take action is forming relationships with others for mutual benefit. We don’t do it alone.
Taking it further, I believe the second statement also includes leveraging the knowledge and wisdom of others; perhaps through their personal coaching, books and/or other resource materials.
In fact, we can actually seek out and learn from those who might no longer still be with us on this Earth.
My personal library is stocked with hundreds of books and audios from teachers ranging from the ancient Sages to Ben Franklin to Booker T. Washington, to Ayn Rand to the much-loved and recently-departed, Jim Rohn. Of course, it also includes luminaries such as Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy, Tom Hopkins, Nido Qubein and so many others who have filled my head with knowledge that I couldn’t possibly have received from “doing it (life) alone.”
Many of my friends have similar libraries.
According to branding coach and consultant, Bill Ellis, “The first saying does not indicate a need to go it alone. There is much that many of us want to do and will do. However, in order to do so, we need help, insights, knowledge, support and more from others.”
Great point. Actually, I don’t see how it’s possible to “do it alone” and achieve any degree of financial success.
Do you know of anyone who ever has succeeded totally alone? I’d like to take the second saying, “Nobody does it alone” even another step further and see how this ties into individualism, the hallmark of a free and abundant society. And, that’s what we’ll do in tomorrow’s installment.