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Success Building Blocks: Cooperation

By Bigg Success Staff
06-25-08

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John Wooden, arguably the best coach in the history of college basketball, developed the Pyramid of Success. It’s a wonderful tool to succeed bigg in any endeavor you choose.

So far, we’ve looked at three blocks of his Pyramid. We started with his two cornerstones –  843 Industriousness] on the left and 879 Enthusiasm] on the right. Now we’re looking at the three stones that fill out the foundation. We began with 903 Friendship], the block that sits next to Industriousness.

Now we’ll look at the block that sits next to Enthusiasm.

Cooperation
It takes a solid foundation to make a building strong. Success must also be built on a solid base if you want it to last.

Cooperation is one of the blocks upon which to build. Cooperation begins on the inside. You must have a spirit of cooperation. Then, that attitude is displayed by your behavior.

One way that you show your willingness to cooperate is to understand the other person’s point-of-view. Try to see what the other person is seeing. Try to feel what the other person is feeling. Then you can think how the other person is thinking and you’ll accomplish more. 

Another part of this is a genuine desire to help people. Wooden talks about cooperating with your co-workers at all levels. If you develop the habit of helping people who need help, you’ll succeed. Whether it’s the CEO or the janitor, do what needs to be done to help your team win!

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Why are You Afraid to Consider the Other Side?

By 440 Wynn Bigg]
Bigg Success Contributor
04-24-08   

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I was talking to one of my good friends the other day when she said something I found intriguing. She is very politically active, and she told me that she no longer subscribed to a certain magazine.

She said she had grown tired of it because she didn’t agree with its point-of-view.

We’re pretty close, so I asked her a disturbing question …

“Why are you afraid to consider the other side?”

She looked stunned, but didn’t reply.

So I continued. I told her that if she had confidence in her opinions, it wouldn’t bother her to read the other side. In fact, by reading the other side, she would gain more confidence in her positions.

If that wasn’t the case, I could only conclude that she didn’t want to hear the other side because she was afraid she’d find out that she was wrong. So then I asked her another question …

“Which do you think is worse – admitting you’re wrong or living your whole life actually being wrong?”

Still no response from my friend. But she didn’t appear upset, so I kept going.

I said that, it seemed to me, it would be a tragedy to live your whole life fearing that you’re wrong. The best way to make sure you’re right is to continually test your opinions against all the information available.

I would rather discover I’m wrong and admit it. So I read everything I can, trying to balance opinions on all sides of an issue before I arrive at a conclusion. Even then, I continue testing that opinion with any new evidence I can find, pro and con.

That’s the best way I can think of to have confidence in my opinions.

Time to go now … my wife wants to know my opinion of her new outfit. Guess that’s an opinion I’ll keep to myself!

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