Teamwork Makes The Dream Work

Team holding their hands together on a tree

Learning To Work In A Team

We are all selfish to a certain degree. If we could accomplish everything ourselves and take all the credit, we’d ask each other “where do I sign up?” Accomplishments feel good and attract attention and praise; it elevates our self-esteem and even provides us with greater motivation to achieve unaccomplished goals.

But not everything can be accomplished by yourself. Sometimes you need to learn how to work in a team. Many people shoot themselves in the foot by refusing to be great team players; their stubbornness or arrogance holds them back from reaching their full potential in life.

Don’t be one of them. There is nothing wrong with working in a team; collaboration brings many minds together to help solve problems more efficiently. People can tell when you are selfish and not a team player. And guess what happens? Many doors of opportunity are never opened for you, because they are opened for others who are willing to shine together.

Selfishness reeks to high heaven. Who wants to be around a skunk? That’s how you are perceived when everything is about you. Nobody has any interest in trying to guide or help you achieve your dreams. This does not necessarily mean that people don’t like you or won’t talk to you; they just won’t share a piece of the cake with you.

Teamwork truly makes the dream work. Very few people become a success story on their own. There is always a coach, mentor, teacher, guidance counselor, family member or someone significant who helps flip a person into a success story. You have to discover who those people are and allow them to help you, while you help them too!

And even if you start seeing success while working in a team, don’t become arrogant and take all the credit. Rather, be humble and give credit where credit is due. It is better to take less credit for your achievements than to brag with your chest puffed out. People will be more appreciative of your honesty and humbleness.

No talent goes unnoticed. But talent without teamwork can fall short of its full potential.

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Into The Mind Of A Schizophrenic Patient

Schizophrenic patient with inappropriate laughter

Psychosis Meaning

Psychosis is a mental disorder in which thoughts and emotions are so impaired that contact with external reality is lost. Patients with schizophrenia either have hallucinations, delusions or disorganized thinking; usually multiple symptoms are present.

Taking the time to listen to a schizophrenic patient will give you a glimpse into their world; their eyes are the windows to their psychotic reality. When you listen to a schizophrenic patient describe their reality, you will come to realize how different they view the world.

They may hear voices in their head that are “half animal and half human;” can you imagine how frightening this must be for any person? Their entire psychological well-being is disturbed; it feels like a living nightmare. They may also experience bugs crawling on their skin; this is known as tactile hallucinations.

A schizophrenic patient may be very disorganized in their thoughts, often interpreting reality in a distorted way that does not make sense to others. They may believe that their family has turned against them, that people are after them and stealing their clothes or that their mind is being controlled by the government.

It is very sad to obtain a glimpse into the world of a schizophrenic patient; your heart just melts when you come to the realization of how distorted their reality has become over the years. You want to help them as much as you can and you hope that when you come in to work the next day, the patient will be in a better place psychologically; sometimes they are, but other times the rabbit hole became deeper overnight.

We need to come together and be supportive of schizophrenic patients; the mental health stigma must end! They are often very loving and creative individuals; just because they have “lost their mind” does not mean that they should lose our support! We have a responsibility to help our fellow human beings come back on a level playing field and join us in a healthy state of mind!

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