It Takes a Team

 

If you’re ever going to accomplish anything really big with your life, then you’re going to need a support system – you’re going to need a team.

You can’t even produce something as simple as a #2 yellow pencil without a huge support system.

In 1958, Leonard Read wrote an essay on what it takes to make a pencil, and it takes thousands of people to make a simple pencil.

There are trees that need to be chopped down.

There’s graphite that needs to be made.

There’s metal that needs to be mined.

There are rubber plantations and there are paint factories involved.

Yes, it takes a team – to make a simple pencil.

And speaking of teams, let me tell you about my Golden Nuggets.

I’ve read books and I’ve listened to audio programs by hundreds of authors.

When I read books, I circle the good thoughts or ideas, and I tear out the pages and I give them to my daughter Lydia, and she types them out for me so I can turn them into notes that I can use.

I then use those notes and I record a very rough draft of the audio that I use for my Golden Nuggets.

When I say very rough draft, sometimes I say a word 10 or 12 times in an attempt to get it to sound just right, and Mishal is my miracle man – my audio engineer who makes me sound really good.

And after Mishal cleans up the audio, Lisa double-checks the words and makes sure the script is word-for-word so we can turn it into a video.

I then send it to Elmer, who is the best video guy I’ve ever worked with.

At one point, I had 14 different people working on my Golden Nugget videos, and Elmer turned out to be the best of the best.

Once I get the video back from Elmer, then my son Moses and I watch the video and we let Elmer know if we need any revisions.

After the video is completed, I give it to Logananother son, who makes sure that it’s posted properly on the internet.

Yes, it takes a team!

It takes a lot of people doing a whole lot of work in order to produce these Golden Nuggets… and I’d like to wrap up this Golden Nugget with 2 proverbs. 

The first Proverb was written by King Solomon, and it says…

Without oxen a stable will be clean, but you need oxen in order to produce a large harvest.

And the second Proverb is an African Proverb, and it says…

If you want to travel fast, travel alone.

If you want to travel far, travel together.

If you’re ever going to accomplish anything really big with your life, then you’re going to need a support system – you’re going to need a team.

And since this is something that winners understand, I’m going to guess that you already know this, because you are a winner, and given enough time, you WILL Win – Yes, you ARE a Winner.

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Full Transcript:

Hi, this is Don Howe, and the topic for this Golden Nugget is “it takes a team”…. and if you’re ever going to accomplish anything really big with your life, then you’re going to need a support system – you’re going to need a team.

You can’t even produce something as simple as a #2 yellow pencil without a huge support system.

In 1958, Leonard Read wrote an essay on what it takes to make a pencil, and it takes thousands of people to make a simple pencil.

There are trees that need to be chopped down.

There’s graphite that needs to be made.

There’s metal that needs to be mined.

There are rubber plantations and there are paint factories involved.

Yes, it takes a team – to make a simple pencil.

And speaking of teams, let me tell you about my Golden Nuggets.

I’ve read books and I’ve listened to audio programs by hundreds of authors.

When I read books, I circle the good thoughts or ideas, and I tear out the pages and I give them to my daughter Lydia, and she types them out for me so I can turn them into notes that I can use.

I then use those notes and I record a very rough draft of the audio that I use for my Golden Nuggets.

When I say very rough draft, sometimes I say a word 10 or 12 times in an attempt to get it to sound just right, and Mishal is my miracle man – my audio engineer who makes me sound really good.

And after Mishal cleans up the audio, Lisa double-checks the words and makes sure the script is word-for-word so we can turn it into a video.

I then send it to Elmer, who is the best video guy I’ve ever worked with.

At one point, I had 14 different people working on my Golden Nugget videos, and Elmer turned out to be the best of the best.

Once I get the video back from Elmer, then my son Moses and I watch the video and we let Elmer know if we need any revisions.

After the video is completed, I give it to Logan – another son, who makes sure that it’s posted properly on the internet.

Yes, it takes a team.

It takes a lot of people doing a whole lot of work in order to produce these Golden Nuggets… and I’d like to wrap up this Golden Nugget with 2 proverbs. 

The first Proverb was written by King Solomon, and it says…

Without oxen a stable will be clean, but you need oxen in order to produce a large harvest.

And the second Proverb is an African Proverb, and it says…

If you want to travel fast, travel alone.

If you want to travel far, travel together.

If you’re ever going to accomplish anything really big with your life, then you’re going to need a support system – you’re going to need a team.

And since this is something that winners understand, I’m going to guess that you already know this, because you are a winner, and given enough time, you WILL Win – Yes, you ARE a Winner.

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