We’re celebrating Independence Day here in the States on Monday. We learned something interesting from author and historian Jane Hampton Cook.
BIGG success is life on your own terms. When the Declaration of Independence was written, the terms were incredibly important.
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The power of terms
For example, Thomas Jefferson originally wrote “subjects” before crossing it off heavily. He replaced “subjects” with “citizens.”
Do you see the power in that simple change?
The terms you use to define yourself can limit you or empower you. The same is true for entrepreneurial leaders – how do you see your people?
The lens through which you view them determines, in large part, whether you will have a team that just does what they have to do or a team that goes beyond the call of duty.
The power in interdependence
Another interesting tidbit we picked up from Jane Hampton Cook is that the word “colonies” was replaced by the term “states.”
Once again, we see the power of terms. Colonies are subject to the rule of a mother country. States are independent.
Even beyond independent, the States were equal to the government they replaced; they were equal to the country ruled by the King.
But they weren’t establishing a bunch of independent states. They formed the United States – a group of interconnected main governing bodies.
They moved beyond independence. They were interdependent. And one of the many lessons our Founding Fathers taught us is this:
Independence may lead to success.
But interdependence leads to BIGG success!
You can find synergy by understanding interdependence: interdependence between the five elements of BIGG success – money, time, growth, work and play – and interdependence with other people.
How to get started
Think about the people in your network. Reach out to see if they might be interested in working together.
Initiate a conversation. If it goes well, schedule another one.
Each time you meet, the level of conversation will get more specific and deeper. Here’s a progression of questions you might discuss:
- How could we work together?
- How should we work together?
- How will we work together?
- How did we do?
- How could we do better?
- What’s next?
Depending on your answers, these questions may get asked over a period of weeks, months or even years.
These six questions help you find synergy in your relationships – you and one or more people working together to achieve more than you possibly could independently.
So make a declaration of interdependence. It leads to BIGG success!
How could we work together?
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