Bit of Happy #124: It’s Amazing What You Can Accomplish

18 Mar

“It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”
-Harry Truman

There’s a ton of debate on what is the best and most fruitful approach to building a culture. In a collectivistic society, seeing success as a whole, people are not viewed as individuals, but rather as part of a group. They work together. Succeed together. Fail together. This culture may motivate some, but allow others to slack off.

Individualistic cultures, like the United States, allow for more personal gain and recognition. They are more self-centered and work toward personal goals and achievement. There tends to be more room for competition and can sometimes lead to more hostility or drive to become #1, no matter what you have to do to get there.

So, by today’s quote, I think Harry Truman is suggesting we adapt a more collectivistic approach to our work. The more we mold ourselves into one, and not worry about or crave for personal recognition, the more we will accomplish in the end. I personally believe there are advantages and disadvantages to both types of cultures. I also believe that some may thrive in one culture more than another based on their personality.

What do you think about today’s quote?

Would you rather live in a collectivisitic or individualistic culture? Why?

Do you think one is better than the other?

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