By Ryan Velez
Registered nurse, global nurse educator, speaker, author and certified overflow coach Priscilla Q. Williams notes that when it comes to competition in business, why bother? “I believe when people compete for the same promotion, the same customers, and the same opportunities you are doing a disservice to yourself and the people you are called to serve. There are more than enough blessings for all of us to receive. When God gave one person a blessing he didn’t stop there, he has a special blessing for you too,” she says. A recent article of hers appearing in Black Enterprise goes into some reasons why you should get in the habit of working with your fellow entrepreneurs rather than butting heads.
“You can’t grow alone. I learned over the years that it takes a tribe to help you get to the next level. When you try to be a lonely man on an isolated island you are destined for failure,” Williams explains. This goes both ways. Sometimes, you need to use the insights of those who know your field around you to gain insight on a potential decision, but you also need them to call you to task and curb some of your not-so-smart decisions.
An added benefit of working together with others is that it allows you to have a greater impact, whatever your plans may be. “I recently joined a book collaboration “I’m a Praying Wife,” which includes a team of wives from around the world and it has been such an awesome experience because we each bring a different gift. The marketing for the book has a greater reach because each wife has a different community platform to market,” shares Williams.
When it comes to reaping the rewards of collaboration, Williams reflects on a quote from Celine Dion: “I’m not in competition with anybody but myself. My goal is to beat my last performance.” Williams finds this quote relevant to her own ethos because she truly wants to see those around her—particularly women in business—win. After all, some of the most successful people in the world collaborate. Think of Oprah Winfrey. While her OWN Network had some struggles when it first came on the scene, it was able to grow with collaboration from figures like Tyler Perry. In fact, joining forces to build her brand and platform has been an excellent skill of Oprah’s. If ever there was an example of everyone winning through collaboration, this is it.