Back in 1957, a band called The Quarrymen was playing at small parties and social events around England.
If the name doesn’t ring a bell, you probably know them by what they eventually became – The Beatles.
Before hitting it big, The Quarrymen were struggling for traction as members joined and left regularly, and they went weeks without playing together before starting up again.
The leader of the band, John Lennon, was looking for a good guitar player when a friend suggested that he meet a 15 year old named Paul McCartney.
Paul played a song for John (“Twenty Flight Rock”) and really impressed him, so it should have led to an instant invite into the band.
But John balked, because he was conscious of his own guitar-playing at the time and didn’t want to be upstaged by someone two years younger than he was and who could become a rival.
After a week of thinking about it, John decided to invite Paul into the band … and the rest is history.
Lennon and McCartney went on to become the greatest songwriting duo in music history, and The Beatles have sold hundreds of millions of albums.
But what would have happened if he let his fear of competition scare him off?
I see coaches who are so afraid of losing business to other coaches that they miss out on opportunities to work together. They drop them from social media, kick them out of their groups, and run them down behind their backs.
While competition can be a powerful motivator, a lot can be achieved by collaborating with talented peers!
I’ve been happy to see members of The Coaching Jungle Mastermind working together, sharing advice and taking a collaborative attitude about business.
We now have spots available for other coaches who think this way too, and you can get the details here: