Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Collaboration ~ The Sincerest Form of Flattery

Collaboration, is the sincerest form of flattery. What could be more flattering than to have someone think enough of you and your ideas to wish to share theirs and build upon yours. I love collaborating, merging passions and creating something from interwoven visions, similar but different. Partnering with someone on a project can lead to great things.

Just take Larry Page and Sergey Brin. They met by chance at Stanford in 1995 when Larry, 22 was considering the school and Sergey, 21, was assigned to show him around. Just about a year later Larry and Sergey began collaborating. Two incredible minds, one brilliant idea ~ google. We'll never know if google would have evolved the way it has if Larry & Sergey hadn't collaborated.

Brainstorming, masterminding or whatever ever you choose to call it, gives birth to ideas that are nurtured and grown through friendship & partnerships. The success of these collaborations is the culmination of great ideas from forward thinkers, risk takers and generous souls.

When you dream alone, with your eyes shut, asleep, that dream is an illusion. But when we dream together, sharing the same dream, awake and with our eyes wide open, then that dream becomes reality! Anonymous

This post is collaboration between artist Deb Brown and writer Sandra McKenna.


Adrian the Dad said...

Nice article, I really believe that Collabortion is a powerful tool. Part of the reason Twitter is so great is because it breaks down our barriers and lets us collaborate more easily with total strangers.

Dinneen-Eat Without Guilt said...

Really great & inspiring article. In my personal experience, brainstorming & masterminding have given birth to great ideas that I would have never thought of myself -- and have turned into partnerships and wonderful friendships, that help nurture and grow not only my business but also my heart & soul.

Freople said...

Thank you for this post. Collaboration is the key to almost all great ideas, projects, etc. While I believe that nothing great ever happened by committee, many great things happened due to collaboration and sharing between like and even unlike minds. I am so easily inspired and then again so easily derailed. Collaboration is probably the key here as I tend to work in a vacuum. Thanks for the food for thought!