I was reviewing some of my personal notes that I have kept over the years. I ran across this bit of information that I wrote about collaboration and giving back to others.
As professionals, we should be thankful for the multitude of unamed individuals who aided in our development. No one got to where they are solely on their own. If you really gave it some serious thought, there was somebody who gave of their time and passed on critical knowledge to you. There was someone who gave you a break when no one else would. There was someone who believed in you, no matter the odds. Those are attributes we should appreciate on a daily basis.
We should not horde knowledge nor should we expect to be the one "all knowing" individual. It is both stressful and unnecessary. Collaboration, cooperation, parterning and mentoring are good skills for anyone to have in their repetoire of talents. Giving back to mankind is a honorable act of kindness. It is the opposite of being selfish and greedy.
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