Your team is a large part of what makes the Olympic Games so much fun. You are not just a part of your regular national team, which in my case was usually just my brother and I. As we got older and moved to the University of Miami, my team became the extended Hurricane Diving Team, which had members from all over the world. (In the picture, you see divers from Argentina, Japan, Canada, Brazil, the Netherlands, USA and Belgium)
However, in the Olympic Games, you are a part of your national Olympic Team and that covers a lot more than just your sport. You meet athletes that you had previously only watched (and admired) on TV and read about in the sports section of the newspaper. And as part of that team, you have to cheer each other on if it fits into your schedule.
In the business world, when you are talking about your team, employees, vendors and assistants come to mind. However, it is important to have another team as well. You need to be a part of a special team, where the team members cheer each other on.
Where can you find your own cheering section?
Attending events is a great way to build relationships and gather a team around you that is supportive of your efforts and business ventures.
These teams can come in the form of mastermind groups or joint venture partnerships, and these relationships can be formal or even informal. The key element of a team is that the members support each other and cheer each other on and hold each other accountable.
One of my favorite events to find people and team mates like that is NAMS. Not only is the event great for establishing and nurturing relationships, but the MyNAMS membership site and forum provides continuing education, assistance and encouragement and a place to find collaboration and champions for your next project.
The next NAMS workshop is August 3-5 and features some great instructors. If you can’t make it, check out the MyNAMS site and start building your team there. Being a part of a team is possible, even if you take part in an individual sport like diving or as a solopreneur, working from your home office.