Behind the Mic with Millie
I recently enjoyed my first softball game of the season down at Kent Stein Park, and while watching the teams battle it out, I was reminded of the importance teamwork plays in our lives. From the instant we’re born, we are part of a team, and as we grow, family often helps us navigate the do’s and don’ts of being a good teammate.
I’ve heard it said that no one makes it through this life alone. I mean, our days are full of human interactions, everything from errands around town to outings at the pool. And if you’re a parent with young kids, congratulations, you were just promoted from teammate to coach! Yes, it is up to each of us as individuals to take responsibility for our own interactions, but as parents, we are responsible for teaching our children how to be good team players. Embracing the art of compromise is a big part of helping kids learn to be good team contributors, but there’s also honesty and integrity. However, in my opinion, the most important quality is trust.
Whether it’s on a ball field or in a boardroom, we desire to work and play with people we trust. On the flipside, we must also be trustworthy. I’m sure you’ve experienced it before: the authority figure (coach, boss, parent, etc.) who demands your respect before they have proven themselves worthy of it. Worse is when the person making the demands has proven to be anything but trustworthy and therefore doesn’t deserve your respect, either. Oprah Winfrey once said, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them.” What is one to do in a situation such as this? My suggestion, and I don’t make this statement lightly, is to find someone who is worthy, whether that’s a new friend, a new teammate, or even a new boss. When we live with toxic people in our lives, we become toxic ourselves, not because we want to, but because we are products of our environment. When this happens, we can’t change the dishonest or untrustworthy, but we can change ourselves. Changing is never easy, but it can be done.