Success in solitutde

This isn’t a call to become an introvert. This is, however, a call to consider a key characteristic of what makes people successful.

The point of putting your mask on first, before helping others, on an airplane in the event of an emergency is that you can’t be helpful to others if you aren’t prepared and ready yourself.

There is a balance. Collaboration, communication, and coordination are critical to the success of teams and organizations, but at the root there is a need to practice solitude – collect your thoughts, thinks things through, consider options more deeply than just discussing them in a meeting, stop being in a hurry, etc.

Think about how you can regularly practice “putting your mask on first” to be better prepared. Make time to think. 

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