Nobody is Self-Made

Often times, we hear about people tagged as self-made. For example, self-made millionaires, or self-made men of the century.

I believe that whoever that self-made man is, there has been someone who helped him in his way to the top. There has been someone who influenced him in his journey. There has been someone, even the one he may have hated, who pushed him to make better things for his life.

This is the reason why I’m saying, “Nobody is self-made.”

Whether you are playing a big role or a small role in any undertaking, understand that neither the star performer nor the supporting character must say they are on their own.

Let me remind you of two things today:

1. If you are the star performer, be reminded that you cannot do it all by yourself.

You cannot do it alone. You need a team.

Michael Jordan said, “Talent wins games, but teamwork wins championships.” Because you may achieve something by yourself, but you achieve something greater when you work with a team.

In my upcoming self-published book, I did not do it all. I had someone to edit the copy, someone to create the cover design, someone who sketched illustrations, someone who wrote the foreword, and someone who gave comments. You may call it a self-published book but it was not made by a single self. It is a product of a wonderful synergy.

What if I decided to do it all? If I were the editor, I wouldn’t have corrected those numerous grammatical errors in my manuscript. If I were the cover designer, I wouldn’t have created a fantastic design. If I were the illustrator, I would have turned my book into a mess. Thanks that I weren’t those.

In every endeavor and if you are playing the star role, take it and make it your best shot but never tell yourself you can do it all. For your supporters can intensify the performance even more than what you expected as a sole performer.

On the other hand, what if you are the supporting character?

2. If you are the supporting character, be reminded that your contribution is as important as the contribution of the star performer.

What if in the entire basketball career of Michael Jordan, nobody passed the ball to him? What do you think basketball history would have been?

What if my editors thought that their work is less important? What if my cover designer thought her output won’t be valued? What if my illustrator just made three lines of sketches and that’s it? It would have been a disaster. Thanks that they didn’t.

In every endeavor and if you are playing the supporting character role, take it and make it your best shot. Don’t ever discount your contribution. For your contribution can intensify the performance even more than what the star performer can do at his own best.

Admittedly, I was guilty of ignoring the help of other people. I was also guilty of belittling my own contribution to the team. But thanks I that I was reminded of this. Somehow, if you are guilty of this, too, then start doing something to correct it.

It is very important to realize the value that others can give us and the value that we can share to others.

This is a must in life for nobody is self-made.

Start building up yourself and others.

Live your life, young mind!

Chris Dao-anis

The Gift of the Ordinary

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8 thoughts on “Nobody is Self-Made

  1. Great post Chris! I agree πŸ™‚ We all need the help that we can get πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, Divine. And thanks for the help. πŸ™‚

  2. Marjorie Solomon December 3, 2013 — 1:41 am

    Well done Kuya Chris. Very nice post. Please let me know on how can I get a copy of your book. Thanks kuya! πŸ™‚ Take care and God bless!

    1. Thanks, Ate Marj. Where are you based now? PM me. πŸ™‚

  3. Franklin Carpentero December 5, 2013 — 1:42 am

    This reminds me of looking not on my own efforts, trusting not to anything I can do, to bring myself into harmony with people and foremost with God.
    Thank you Sir. πŸ™‚

    1. Amen to that! Thanks, Frank.

  4. Still here in Baguio kuya. I am not going anywhere.. hehehe..

    1. Alright then. I’ll be bringing copies when I go there this Christmas. πŸ™‚

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