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在讀此篇「週一嗎哪」前，你如何定義成功？ 本文說成功的地定義是「知道自己已盡力為群體服務，所以內心感到滿足與平安」。對此你有何看法？ 想想你曾參與一個團隊去完成某個目標的一次經驗。若你被要求或你自己選擇獨自作業或沒有那團隊的參與，結果會有何不同？ 你認為個人應該不要考慮群體的最佳利益而去追求個人的成功嗎？請解釋。註：若你有聖經且想要看有關此主題的其他經文，請看：
SUCCESS IS A “TEAM SPORT”
By: Robert J. Tamasy
When you think of “success,” what comes to your mind? How would you define it? For some people, success means having a job that pays a lot of money, or provides a certain level of status or power. Others regard success in terms of earning a coveted promotion or receiving recognition in the company or the community. Still others would view success as the achievement of desired goals.
In each of those scenarios, success is determined on an individual level. But a book I have been reading, The Winners Manual, written by Jim Tressel, an American football coach, suggests we rethink that perception. He defines success as “the inner satisfaction and peace of mind that come from knowing I did the best I was capable of doing for the group.” Tressel proceeds to declare, “success is a team sport.”
There is great wisdom in that kind of thinking: If you are in sales, for example, even at your persuasive best, success will be short-lived if products or services are of poor quality or cannot be provided in a timely manner. A successful business conference requires many people to handle countless details – registering attendees, negotiating accommodations, arranging for various sessions, even planning menus for group meals. A top executive, no matter how acclaimed, must have a skilled and capable staff to meet company objectives. The most gifted surgeon needs nurses and other medical staff to perform successful surgery.
Years ago as magazine editor, one of my most enjoyable experiences was working with our creative team to bring each edition to reality. I did the majority of the writing and editing, but depended upon our designer, associate editor, executive assistant, illustrator and materials manager to come together as we would brainstorm about content, cover and page layout, article titles, photographs, cartoons and other graphics. I marveled at every issue that was published, knowing the whole was greater than the sum of the parts.
This idea of success being linked to teamwork is a concept the Bible repeated addresses:
Success through different perspectives. Even good ideas can be improved upon, and varied viewpoints can provide balance as well as make a tremendous difference in both decision-making and the execution of plans. “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed” (Proverbs 15:22).
Success through bringing out the best in one another. In working with others, we can challenge one another, stimulating more imaginative thinking and prompting us to utilize our gifts, skills and experience to the fullest. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17).
Success through combining strength. Scientific studies have shown that by working together, we can accomplish much more collectively than if we worked independently. We can combine our unique abilities and compensate for one another”s weaknesses. “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).
Success through mutual support and encouragement. Working alone can be lonely and discouraging. Working together not only allows us to share the load, but also builds camaraderie and provides emotional encouragement. “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds…let us encourage one another…” (Hebrews 10:24-25).
Robert J. Tamasy is vice president of communications for Leaders Legacy, Inc., a non-profit corporation based in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A. A veteran of more than 38 years in professional journalism, he is the author of Business At Its Best: Timeless Wisdom from Proverbs for Today”s Workplace (River City Press) and has coauthored with David A. Stoddard, The Heart of Mentoring: 10 Proven Principles for Developing People to Their Fullest Potential (NavPress).
Before reading this “Monday Manna,” how would you have defined success? What is your reaction to the definition of success as “the inner satisfaction and peace of mind that come from knowing I did the best I was capable of doing for the group”? Think of a particular time when you worked as part of a team to accomplish certain goals or objectives. How would the outcome have been different if you had been required, or had chosen, to work on your own or without key parts of the team? Do you think individuals should pursue success even without having concern about the best interests of the group? Explain your answer.NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to review some other passages that relate to this topic, consider the following verses:
Proverbs 11:14, 12:15, 13:20, 19:20, 20:18, 24:5-6; Mark 6:7-13; Luke 10:1-2