I have a serious case of Do-It-Yourself personality. I love being involved in all my projects - really involved. Over-involved. Yet, as I type this, a friend of mine is sitting across from me in Starbucks, rough-cutting a video for my YouTube channel.
Being an independent, lone wolf is not really feasible (or a good idea) for a couple of reasons:
1. It is not good for man to be alone (Gen. 2:18).
2. Wolves live and hunt in packs (National Geographic).
This a lesson I have been incredibly stubborn about learning. I like doing it all, and it took me a while to learn that my being involved in every part does not mean I have to do everything. I can ask for help when I need it, and I can ask for help when it would benefit me. There's nothing wrong with assembling a team. There are things I'm great at, things I'm meh at, and things I'm awful at. All of those things are okay. It's easy to get caught up in your own work, but it takes stepping back and being honest to realize that someone else can do exactly what you want done, better. I work as a "Second" almost exclusively, but it took me a while to apply lessons from my work to my creative side.
What I've Learned about Building a Team
- When you need help with a project, get it.
- Find an expert who loves to do that very thing. I don't have to suffer through it - someone in my life actually enjoys it.
- Be patient.
- Have a clear, conveyable vision.
- Learn everything you can from the people you're working with. Watch what they do. Learn the basics.
- Assist on other people's project and be as loyal to their vision as you are to your own.
- If you're on a low budget (I always am) coffee is often acceptable payment.
- Show gratitude.
- Be willing to take correction. Your vision in your head is often not what people see - use outside advice to make your Castle in the Air a Reality.
It's taken a while, but I'm finally building up a team to help support my dreams. If I'm being honest, I only got this far with the expertise and encouragement of others anyway. I'm just glad I'm starting to get it.