We’re talking The Beatles so little introduction should be needed. However, for those living extremely sheltered lives, and/or those under the age of 20, maybe 15, imagine this. In a word, success!
The Beatles have:
- Sold well over 2 billion albums.
- Charted on Billboard in excess of 1,300 weeks.
- Spent over 175 weeks with a number 1 song.
In other words, they were and still are a big deal. Really big!
But what could they possibly tell you about being successful?
You can’t succeed at anything unless you are very good at what you do and for the Beatles that included each band member being an accomplished musician, each capable of playing multiple instruments.
They sang really well, separately and together to the point that each enjoyed successful solo careers after the band ended.
They could write their own music including more than 200 songs covered by thousands of artists from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to Alvin and the Chipmunks.
Other bands were, to varying degrees, some of this, however, none to date have done what the Beatles have done. So what else is there about them that led to their success?
Simply put, each member knew when to acquiesce to another for the good of the group.
To be sure, as all band mates do, John, Paul, George, and Ringo had their differences. However, arguably, their ability to put aside their individual identities in favor of the Beatle brand had more to do with their success, both as members of the Beatles and later in their solo careers, than did any other single factor.
And when that was no longer true, they went their separate ways.
Work it out . . . together!
Think of the company you work in and the people you work for and with, as a band. You each have your capabilities or you wouldn’t be there. You each do some things well, other things not so much.
If you spend more time thinking about your strengths rather than your weaknesses, if you mostly or only think of your coworker’s weaknesses, you wouldn’t have made it as a Beatle no matter how good you played and sang. Nor will your success in other endeavors be what it could have been.
Don’t fight those you work with, join with them to achieve the success you all want to enjoy. As the Beatles once said, work it out together.