Teamwork makes the dream work…Who’s on your A-Team?

A business, a dream, an empire is not solely built by one person. One person may have their name on a brand given his idea they shared with the world, but it takes a teamwork to make a dream work. Sorry Drake, but I beg to differ in reference to your success, that it was “All you”. Somewhere someone along the way contributed something in your life to help get you resources you needed to reach your goal. These are the people we call to be on our A-team when trying to make our dreams come into fruition. These are the people we should keep around and associate  with most often. So who is on your A-team?

As a single mother, I look at my parents as being on my A team. I am traveling a lot of the time due to work and school so my daughter’s grandparents step in to help with her homework, to care for her while I’m not home, and provide the support she and I both need so that my daughter will not go lacking for anything.

As a student I consider my peers with the same concentration to be on my A-team. One person may not understand a concept that another does, but with us working together, we’re able to put our minds to work and piece it all together. We’re all trying to attain the same goal so we’re working on one accord when it comes to studying and gaining the understanding and knowledge we need to make the grade.

As a woman of faith I consider my leaders and covenant family as my A-team. I believe in the power of prayer and if you didn’t know before there are ups and downs when you’re working your way up. In the difficult times if I get weak or consider giving up, I can count on positive messages and divine insight to help strengthen my spirit to continue to carry the load.

Recently in a positive message from Bishop Charles Mellette, in reference to a man needing to get to The Source, the only way he got there was because he had 4 “crazy friends” that literally “tore the roof off” to get him to The Source. I realize the word “friend” is used very loosely these days, but your friends should be apart of your A-team. These are friends that believe in your vision, support you within their means, as simple as encouraging you along the way, and will do all they can to push you towards that dream.

Lastly, your business partners are on your A-team. Investors not only contribute financially, but they contribute knowledge, their skills, and ideas, and their time to help make the dream work.

These were all people I considered to be on my A-team because of the goal that I am trying to reach.

When considering who’s on your A-team, keep in mind the goal you’re trying to attain.

Someone who has a fitness goal will have other peers with the same goal on their A-team to encourage them to not quit, trainers or nutritionist to help point you in the right direction as what to eat or what exercises should be done for a specific result. Maybe you have an idea for a book, do you have a friend that you can run your ideas by? A teacher or family member than can edit your writing? When you’ve got that vision in mind one of the first steps should be building an A-team. Start today!

 

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Job Work, Kid’s Homework, MY Homework…OH MY!!!

Yes it does sound as overwhelming as Dorothy probably felt in an unknown land following a yellow brick road back home, but this is where a lot of people find themselves.  Maybe you’ve launched a new business, or made the decision to go back to college, which by the way could seem like munchkin land because the majority of the students are about 10 years younger than you are, but the point is, it’s a foreign place.

The only way you’re going to get to your goal is to follow the process set before you that leads to it.

So after day 1 your 3 professors hit you with the assignments due by Friday, your kid’s spelling and math test are Friday which you must prepare for Monday-Thursday, you have timelines to meet for your business by Friday, and quotas to meet at your job by Friday.

Sympathizing with Dorothy yet?

The thing is it CAN be done. There are super moms and super dads and super yous who are doing it daily, so the question is, “How are they making it do what it do?” (Crespective defines super yous as persons who are not  parents, but are equally stretched)

They are…

Prioritizing.

You must put 100% in getting your business of the ground, succeeding in your classes, raising your children, and pulling your load at the office. All of which are very high in importance so that leaves pretty little time for the family cookout this Sunday, or Girls night out this Saturday. It’s ok to say no to others while you’re bettering yourself. They’ll understand, and if they don’t…well that’s another blog post.

Sacrificing.

I like to take weekend trips usually out of the state, but that is about 3-6 hours driving time one way and usually a dent in my pocketbook. In order to stay head-above-water, try sacrificing leisurely activities and dedicate that time to studying  or creating business plans and save your money, cause you’ll need all you have for both endeavors.

Disciplined.

I’ve gotten so sleepy at night trying to finish an assignment that I felt like crying, but I didn’t stop.  After nodding about 10 times in a row and typing liiik e t hiiis………….it seemed like I snapped wide awake and received a burst of energy to finish out of nowhere. Be disciplined enough to finish what you start no matter how tired you are.

Internally Motivated.

Let your push be greater upon yourself than the pushing of those that believe in you. When you’re doing something because you want it and not solely because other people want it for you, then you will always have that drive to reach that goal.

You see very little Yellow Brick Roads, which means these are roads less traveled, which further implies only certain people are set apart to do it…Is it you?