I love talking to people and listening to their ideas and insights. Not only do I learn some great concepts and thoughts, but what they share often serves to solidify my ideas—or causes me to think about them differently. Regardless, I feel I am richer for the experience. It is that connection with others that is so important in our lives. And I know I’m not alone in thinking that way which brings me to another one of Jerry’s Laws of the Universe: Two heads are better than one.
The power of collaboration is a difference maker. We cannot succeed alone. Malcolm Gladwell confirmed this with proven statistics and powerful true stories he described in his book, Outliers: The Secret of Success. Each one of us needs other people to help us and guide us. Life does not exist in a vacuum—and neither does success.
The reality is that we can always learn more. Continuous learning is critical…and sharing ideas really matters. I remember one instance when I was giving a seminar about building relationships (based on my best selling book The Relationship Edge in Business) and one person contributed great insight that I now reference every time I give this presentation. During the workshop, we refer to the different levels of relationships by where they are located on the Relationship Pyramid. When we got to talking about leveraging relationships as hopping from your Relationship Pyramid to your friend’s, Debbie Warner of AstraZeneca suggested that we call it Pyramid Hopping—and that is how we have referred to it ever since. I didn’t think of this by myself—but thanks to Debbie, my original concept was made better—easier to conceptualize and remember.
That’s just one of the benefits to sharing our ideas. We often find that one idea leads to another. I feel that there will always be more to learn and more to discover. It’s not unusual to discover that once you dig into something, you find that you have even more to learn, not less.
“To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.” [Albert Einstein] That’s just one of the reasons why we need other people—to introduce us to those other angles.
It is that connection with others that is so important in our lives. Often just discussing our ideas or problems with someone helps us develop greater clarity. How often have you asked someone for help and once you start explaining the problem, you figure it out on your own? To me that is not affirmation that I didn’t need help—it is affirming that talking to someone and sharing my ideas with them is meaningful and worthwhile. We are fortunate that we live in an age where it is so easy to connect with others. Plan to connect with others—and see for yourself what a difference it can make it your life. And you’ll see for yourself that indeed two heads are better than one.