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Collaboration & Competition


I’m just Karl...

I'm from Branson, Missouri...

I’m human...

I’m going to make mistakes.

Every decision I make will be what’s best for the team. It may not be what’s best for me (or you) but if it’s good for the team then it’s the best choice.

At work, at home & in our communities we find ourselves on a "team" of some sort. The experience we have comes in how we approach them.


It's a myth that you have to work hard to beat the competition. Competition is the opposite of creativity. You can't run your best race by paying attention to everyone else in the race. Do you. Everything you do is just as viable as everyone else.

If McDonald's won the fast food industry, it wouldn't be a success. They would soon be out of business. We need the success of other people & organizations to create more opportunities. Opportunities which boost everyone. your race. Finish your race. The "race" you choose will create an opportunity to run a different race for someone else.


Life is a team game. We have to learn from other humans how to be human. A person is a person through other people. We can't be all we can be unless others are all they can be. In this way, we can't be threatened by others. The better they are the better we are. We don't need to go it alone, we aren't supposed to anyway.

"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."
-African Proverb

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