It Takes Two

Yesterday we compared canoeing to work. But what does a great day on the water, under a sparkling sun, reflecting off a pristine river, have to do with a better day on the job?


First, just like canoeing, it is possible to navigate by yourself. However, if you want to arrive faster, in a stream-lined path, while expending less energy, then a partner makes the journey easier. If you time your efforts, and synchronize your paddle strokes, you can cover twice the territory in the same amount of time. But if only one of you has their paddle in the water, then you’ll only go in circles.

So my first comparison between canoeing and work is to move in tandem with someone else. Don’t fight the current by trying to do everything on your own. Play it smart and align yourself with someone who’s willing to paddle in harmony toward the same destination. We all need help sometimes.

Have you ever tried to paddle alone? How did it work for you?

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NIV)

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.

Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Communications Specialist, speaker, and writer. She lives in Missouri with her family.

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