Teamwork

What does it take to be successful? This is the question people have been asking for centuries—maybe even millennia.

As I pondered this question myself, I thought of the number of successes I’ve been fortunate to experience in my life. Perhaps my greatest lifetime achievement—aside from my family—is my Nobel Prize.* What, I asked myself, did I learn from winning the Nobel Prize?

Perseverance is crucial, of course. But what else? And then I realized: teamwork.

Success is rarely achieved in isolation. Being successful takes help and partnership with others. Let me explain what I mean.

I was awarded the prize alongside two other researchers, Robert F. Furchgott and Ferid Murad. The prize was awarded for our discoveries concerning Nitric Oxide (NO) as a signaling molecule in the cardiovascular system.

But what’s important to understand is that all of our work was essentially fitting together pieces of a complex scientific puzzle. Murad made an initial discovery—he essentially started the whole field of research into NO. Not long after, I then replicated and expanded with new, exciting findings of my own. At the same time that my laboratory was making our discoveries, Furchgott discovered what he called endothelium-derived relaxing factor (EDRF). The actions and chemical properties of EDRF were similar to those of NO, so the hypothesis of EDRF = NO was being considered. It was my lab that completed the experiments that confirmed the hypothesis.

It’s interesting how the three discoveries came together. We needed each others’ research, and our combined findings led to incredible knowledge about NO and heart health.

What success are you hoping to achieve? Perhaps you’re trying to lose weight, improve your finances, or accomplish another important goal. Whatever it is, remember that teamwork is key to your success.

The world works better when it works together. It’s really as simple as that.

What success are you working toward? How have others helped you reach your goal?

*The Nobel Foundation has no affiliation with Herbalife and does not review, approve or endorse Herbalife products.

[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2165993