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Going Alone vs Teamwork


Andrew

Is re posted.


Every morning, Larry and I dig into a quote or idea that has caught our eye. Our hope is that our chat inspires you to never stop thinking and possibly challenges you in a new way. If you'd like to help support the show, please visit patreon.com slash repost it. Thank you for stopping by. Today we talk about this blog that I came across personal branding blog. And it talks about the advantages and disadvantages of teamwork versus going it alone. I thought about this, because of the recent success of the short on GameStop. It shows like strength and numbers. And then we've been talking on another podcast about James Harden, aka honeybun. And he's moved to a different team. It's like, Is it gonna work better? He's been an individual player. And so I just think it's interesting. What do you think is better? Do you prefer to work as a group? Or do you prefer just to crank something out on your own?


Larry

Right? And in this article you sent me there's pros and cons to both right? I mean, if you are by yourself, you can work at your own pace and kind of do your own thing. If you have a partner or team you're gonna bounce ideas off each other. My question back is what person has operated on their own, like, for instance, like Steve Jobs, he didn't operate on his own. Most people don't work in a vacuum. They they operate. I don't know who maybe Alexander Graham Bell is like the only person like inventors who works on their own.


Andrew

I feel like coders do. I feel like Zuckerberg came up with Facebook on his own. And it's grown into whatever it is, because you plug in, I think I've told this story before, but I used to work with this girl. And I had an organic chemistry class with her. And she went to three classes. And it was the two tests in the final. And she did 100% on all of them. She read the book on her own, I am by far better with teamwork. I don't like grinding it out on my own. I think if I say I'm going to do it by myself, it's because I don't want to deal with the team. But I prefer the teamwork. The teamwork is God's leads to God's dream work, is what works out. But I mean, there are advantages and disadvantages,


Larry

it would be really hard to i'm not i'm certainly more of a teamwork person than an individual person, because I kind of need people to bounce ideas off. Like, I need a little bit of bumper pool. And I think that's what perspective people bring to a team, as opposed to just having the confidence on your own to be like I'm making the right decision. And I'm not telling


Andrew

anybody. Yeah, you can't be challenged. I think of the last Indiana Jones like those, he probably had so much trouble getting those and people challenging your ideas creatively, you can look at movies that go further down the road. Like just to get the first Indiana Jones made you have had people being like, Oh, well, this is not a good idea. And so you have to adapt. But once you're already an established writer or director, you're surrounded by Yes, men and you're not challenged creatively. And so you're going to get I would argue a worse product. I think being challenged is an important part of the process.


Larry

Yeah, that's interesting. You bring up like artistic endeavors, because those are so subjective. That would be a hard teamwork. endeavor to get into like writing a movie, right? Everybody wants their hand in the cookie jar, or even an artist a painting whatever it is, like, it's the what? Those directors that writer directors that do those movies together. I always think, Wow, that's amazing. They can do that.


Andrew

Yeah, well, you hear every single comedian that ever produced a TV show being like executives, you're not funny, stop trying to earn your keep, or also even in construction. People start when I worked in the commercial construction world, people historically don't trust contractors. And so maybe in the mid 90s or early 2000s, this construction manager role got invented and is basically a consultant. And everyone knows some version of a consultant that that always wants to say something during a meeting because they want to validate who they are. I they were kind of getting off the topic of working in teams, but like, being challenged by people makes it better.


Larry

Yeah, I've really enjoyed this because it made me think of people once again, I mentioned Steve Jobs. I've had lots of people who work at Apple that were on the executive committee, he basically let the team do the work and he was just the sort of big picture driving force I was thinking about even in like radio. Howard Stern, Howard Stern has always been a team. It's never soured Stern Show, but he always had Robin. He always had a group of producers the only one that I can think of is like rush limbaugh. Rush Limbaugh is truly on his own. There's nobody else you call Mr. nerdly maybe, but like he's one of the only people that I get well, Michael Savage. There's


Andrew

some others like Alex Jones, Alex Jones,


Larry

I guess I guess yeah, maybe I'm wrong but but I just like one of the arguably the biggest person on radio, but howard stern had a team.


Andrew

Well, I mean, if you think about this show We would probably be more successful if we had a team, like we each bring a strength to the show. And if we had people doing X, Y, and Z, we've been talking about marketing recently, if we had a marketing person that could focus on that, we wouldn't be using bandwidth. So at some point, there's a breaking point where the monetization or like some version of whatever your organization is, doesn't need more people. But I think for the most part, more is more when you're a small team.


Larry

And also to like, every single person you add is not like just add, it's like multiplying the complexity of whatever it is by 1000. Right? Because people have emotions and ideas. And it's definitely a balancing act. And I like this idea of, there's some things you can do well alone, and there's some things you can not do as well alone, and then vice versa for teams.


Andrew

Well, I think a perfect example is your marriage and my engagement. Oh, I get a lot more done. Like we're doing this house. And Nicole does so much very specifically well, that I don't like doing and I do things that she doesn't like doing and you always talk about Karen does this I do this like it's you're a stronger person because you have a teammate.


Larry

But I would just Can I push back on your I just feel like you're back


Andrew

on my wife being a good teammate.


Larry

I just feel like you're such a Dewar to begin with. Like, it's funny to hear you say that you couldn't just do everything your self just as well as so I guess you're growing right before my eyes are becoming a flower opening up.


Andrew

Yeah, I mean, I have a direct comparison. I did the construction in my apartment in San Francisco, and I'm doing this and there were stuff that got put off for a long time. And Nicole picks up where I leave off sometimes. So all that to say I think the individual work doesn't is not is not the way to go for me but know who you are, know your strengths are and some people work better alone. Just understand how that applies to you.


Larry

I needed you to fulfill me personally. So I'm so thankful that I have you as a team member.


Andrew

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