This week I checked off another item on my bucket list: I saw Justin Timberlake in concert.

Yes, the show was amazing. Yes, JT can sing, dance, and entertain a crowd better than almost anyone alive right now. Yes, his band, the Tennessee Kids, are phenomenal musicians who could put on a heck of a show all by themselves.

But that’s not what I want to talk about today. Instead, I want to draw your attention to the massive — and I mean MASSIVE — stage, lighting, and sound setup required for a show like this. It takes dozens of people a day or more to construct it all. Another day to tear it all down. Then it has to be driven to the next city and built all over again.

Add in the truck drivers, merchandise crew, costume managers, hairdressers, catering staff, and miscellaneous other crew required, and you have a pretty good sized company with a singular purpose: make Justin look good.

And they do.

I hope you’ll pardon me for a sudden shift in gears here. It will make sense in a minute. While I was waiting for the show to begin, I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and saw a post from The Rock (Dwayne Johnson). It showed him at a conference table, surrounded by a bunch of corporate-looking people. The post read, “One of the most critical (and enjoyable) meetings of the year for me is sitting with my top and most trusted advisors…

The Rock is one of the biggest movie stars on the planet right now.

Justin is one of the biggest music acts on the planet right now.

And they are both surrounded, and supported, by a whole bunch of people who help them be their best. It is easy to believe that talent is what sets them apart, but neither one of these giants could pull off what they’re currently pulling off all by themselves.

It’s all about the team. Even if you’re a superstar.

Building a great team takes some time and effort. Maintaining a great team does, too. But there is no better bang for your buck. There is no better use of time, energy, and resources.

I’m not just talking about work here. We need solid teams in every area if we want to live superpowered lives. If you want to achieve better health, your team might consist of your doctor, a nutritionist, a trainer, and an exercise buddy. If you want to solve a problem in your community, your team might consist of organizers, donors, and volunteers. If you want a stronger marriage, your team might include good friends that constantly encourage you and a counselor to help you figure out the tough stuff.

What it all comes down to is this: who you have in your corner matters.

If you’re a natural team builder this may come easy to you, but if you’re a Lone Wolf like me, you might have to work a little harder to get the right team in place. After eighteen years of practice building, shaping, and evolving my team at sparkspace, I know for a fact that it is one of, if not THE primary factor that leads to being able to play bigger in life.

If you’re not playing as big as you’d like to, ask yourself this simple question: Do I have the right team in place to support what I want to accomplish? 

2 replies
  1. Mike Clouse
    Mike Clouse says:

    Reminds me of the quote I heard during the Leadercast Summit last week, “Never try to lead yourself by yourself.” I’d also add another question. Not only asking ourselves, “do I have the right team in place…”, but also, “who’s team am I on, supporting them in accomplishing that which they want most?”

  2. Laura Butler
    Laura Butler says:

    Great post Mark. I especially like your reference to the “lone wolf”. We’re definitely part of that club. It’s difficult to drive the bus and get the right people on board along with way. However, once that happens the bus takes off. Thanks for the reminder and for the JT review!


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