By Robert J. Tamasy
最近我有一個機會看一部很棒的電影:扭轉命運的樂章(The Good Lie)，這是電影改編自真人真事。故事背景是1980～2000年初的蘇丹內戰產生了10萬非洲孤兒，美國政府協助數千名的孩童移居美國（直到911為止）。在《扭轉命運的樂章》裡面，一個黑人家庭從家庭破碎、逃命、生離死別，在難民營生活好幾年、到最後在美國密蘇里州堪薩市落地生根，重新展開新生活的過程。電影最後有一句非洲格言做結束: 「想要走得快就一個人走；想要走得遠，就和同伴一起走。」
你聽過「想要走得快就一個人走；想要走得遠，就和同伴一起走。」這句非洲諺語嗎？這句話對你有特別的啟示嗎？ 你可以想出或從自己的經驗裡面找出一個例子，說明獨自一人走得快，但是最後卻無法成功的例子嗎？ 獨立工作或用自己的方式做有什麼優點或缺點？ 聖經箴言 27章17節說:「鐵 磨 鐵 ， 磨 出 刃 來 ； 朋 友 相 感 （原 文 是 磨 朋 友 的 臉 ） 也 是 如 此 」。你覺得這句話如何？在你的工作當中是否有類似的經驗？註：若有聖經且想要看有關此主題的其他經文，請看：箴言11章14節、15章22節、19章20節、20章18節、24章5-6節；路加福音10章1-12節；希伯來書10章23-25節
DO YOU DESIRE TO GO FAST – OR GO FAR?
By Robert J. Tamasy
Recently I had an opportunity to view an excellent film, “The Good Lie,” based on the true story of a small group of Sudanese refugees who had fled tyranny in their homeland and ultimately found a new home for themselves in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A. At the conclusion of the movie, an African proverb was displayed that summarized their amazing pilgrimage: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
Sixteen simple words, but they overflow with wisdom and truth. When I read them, my first thought was of Olympic competitions. In sprinting events, runners compete individually with the sole objective of arriving at the finish line first. However, in relay races, as well as longer events like marathons, participants run in groups, whether as teams or to provide mutual support for the arduous competition. To succeed over the long haul, it seems best to go together than to go alone.
When I was a magazine editor, I usually wrote articles alone. However, when the time came to design the magazine and get it ready for publication, we had a talented team that merged our creative talents. When we were finished, the result was amazing: The whole was always greater than the sum of the parts.
In the business and professional world we often hear of visionary entrepreneurs who set ambitious goals. For a time they may do well, going fast while being independent. However, to fully realize their dreams, even innovative entrepreneurs need people that can bring their dreams to reality, whether it involves computer technology, developing new ways for manufacturing products, or designing a clothing line.
Years ago vocalist Frank Sinatra recorded a hit song with the refrain, “I Did It My Way.” However, even the late Mr. Sinatra needed many people – musicians, composers, backup singers, administrative staff, publicists and others to sustain his more than 60-year career.
We sometimes hear business executives talking about climbing the “ladder of success.” There are two curious things about this “ladder.” As you climb, as some have noted, you cross paths with others that have already gone as high as they can and are on the way back down. Also, if the ladder is very high, you need someone else to hold it steady so you do not fall off. You cannot climb the ladder alone.
The Bible offers many examples of people who had the wisdom to go far together – Moses and Joshua, Elijah and Elisha, Jesus and His disciples, Barnabas and Paul, Paul and Timothy. We also find examples of men who tried to go fast alone and failed miserably in the latter stages of their lives – King David and his son, King Solomon, are among the most notable. Here are some pertinent principles from the Bible:
We can bring out the best in each other. In collaborating to achieve a common goal, we help one another to become more productive and effective – even creative conflict can prove to be valuable. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17).
We can accomplish more together. Just as a flock of geese travels long distances by sharing the work of leading, a team of people in business can accomplish much more over long periods of time by joining together in a united, concerted effort. “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work…. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12).
© 2015. Robert J. Tamasy is vice president of communications for Leaders Legacy, Inc., a non-profit based in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.
Were you familiar with the African proverb, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”? What specifically does it say to you? Can you think of an example – perhaps from your own experience – of someone who seemed to be going fast alone, but because he or she was not working together with other people, did not realize long-term success? If so, describe that situation. What are benefits of being able to say, as the song declares, “I did it my way”? What are some of the disadvantages? The proverb from the Bible states, “As iron sharpens iron, one man (or woman) sharpens another.” What does that really mean, from your perspective? Have you experienced something like that in your own career?NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more about this subject, consider the following passages: Proverbs 11:14, 15:22, 19:20,20:18, 24:5-6; Luke 10:1-12; Hebrews 10:23-25