Winning Team, Pick One or Build One?

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Winning Team, Pick One or Build One?

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Are you on the winning team? Should you pick one or build one?

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Our technology and industrialized society has suggested that there is a price for admission. The price to pay is a combination of experience and education. Neither of those represent bad, they’re mostly good. Many people qualify, but only a few seem to make the team.

While I’m not sure what the recruiting world would say about this, it seems that a resume building culture might be the trend.

Building for two years here, and eighteen months there, and then people put in a weekend for a charity. Not because they truly care, but because they view it as a bonus for their resume. That’s often the belief. It’s all part of the price of admission.

Pick One or Build One

Many sports fans dream of being connected to the team that won the World Series, the Super Bowl, or the Daytona 500. Through jersey sales, hats, and t-shirts you might be as close as you can reasonably expect. On some level, you feel connected. You’ve joined.

The best companies, or at least the best known, those with the reputation and cash flow to make it all seem possible aren’t hurting for resumes. They’re flooded. The thought is, join the winning team.

Emerging professionals might dream of working at Google, Apple, or SpaceX. Sure they might be able to buy something connected to these companies and feel good about it, but that’s not success. They believe their success exists with joining.

Winning Team

Here is the secret. A winning team isn’t always something you join. Sometimes it’s something you build.

It seems counterintuitive because we’re often taught that they way to get to where you want to be is to sign up. We’re brainwashed into believing that the way for opportunity is to find it, not make it. The belief is that you can’t build it, that’s too hard. You’re better off just picking a winner.

Sure it makes sense to join a team, or if you want to go big start your own. The secret formula doesn’t exist in just joining, that isn’t the only price of admission. Often the hidden cost, the one that no one wants to mention, exists in building it.

It’s not really up to someone else. It is your contribution.

Signing up isn’t really a contribution, today it isn’t even a commitment.

You can’t just pick one. You’re also responsible for the build.

If you want to be on the winning team, it’s really still up to you.


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a four-time author and some of his work includes, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce and Pivot and Accelerate, The Next Move Is Yours! Reach him through his website at or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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