A Life Lesson From Nate Dogg
In keeping with the rap theme this week, here is a News Flash. You don’t have to be #1, at anything, ever. I am actually having a lot of fun collaborating on several projects these days. I know I wrote about collaboration the other day, but I am becoming more and more of a believer every day. Thinking back to one of the best rappers not many people even knew about: Nate Dogg. He collaborated with Dr. Dre, Eminem, Warren G, Tupac Shakur, Westside Connection, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Ludacris, Xzibit, and Shade Sheist on many hit releases. He had 3 or 4 solo releases, but none of those were as successful as his collaborations.
You can grind it out, and work your ass off for years and eventually get to the top of the mountain and be the best at what you do. But currently, I am climbing 10 different mountains with 10 different groups and plan on getting pretty close to the peak of each of those mountains. In reality, I only need to get close to the peak of ONE of them, but if 4 or 5 of them pay off, we are taking the term pay dirt to new heights. At heart I truly believe I am a creative. This is not the case for everybody (which is likely even more of a reason to collaborate. Maybe you have skills to help the #1 guy achieve his vision.)
The moral of the story is I would rather have 2-8% of 10 different million dollar projects, than 0% of my failed zero dollar project. Collaborating in many different projects can also open your mind and get the creative juices flowing too.
ONE THING I LEARNED TODAY:
You can collaborate on almost anything. Work projects, gym workouts, cooking and baking endeavors, presentations, all are fair game. The first step is to seek out someone working on a project that you believe in. Then figure out what value you could bring to that project, and ask. You may get rejected, and that is fine. Some people are simply ultra protective of their vision, and think slightly more towards the scarcity mindset. If you ask 100 people, I bet you would find at least 10 that are more of the abundance mindset and would welcome the help. Give it a try and apply collaboration to your life, and let me know how it goes.