Movie quote from: The Natural (1984) - Roy's Dad (Alan Fudge)
Roy Hobbs joins the hapless New York Knights midway through one of the worst seasons in the team's history. His contributions and genuine love of the game inspires everyone to perform better. Some may say the story of The Natural is another example of sappy and unrealistic Hollywood hype. I know that it is one of life's great ironies that every great team begins its journey to success through the efforts of one inspired and inspiring individual.
In The Natural, Roy Hobbs is the inspiration for the success of the NY Knights. His natural skills and love of baseball bring the best out of everyone else around him. Interestingly it is those same Knights that provide the fertile ground for Roy to excel. As his father told him when he was a young boy, "You've got a gift, Roy, but it's not enough. You've got to develop yourself. Rely too much on your own gift and you'll fail." Roy's gifts are useless in a vacuum. He needs the real life events of a team to develop and refine his natural talents.
No individual can achieve great things without the assistance and support of a quality team of people. Similarly, great team accomplishments begin in the heart of one person. That person dedicates themselves to excellence within their assigned role. This inspires others to perform at their personal best. This is the common path to a high performing team.
It is said there is no 'I' in team. I disagree. A good team is not some collective soul but rather a team of collaborative, focused, hard-working 'I's. Take the 'I' out of team and all that's left is a group of good people waiting. One person can make a difference to a couple, a team, or a whole company. Step up to the plate within your key life roles and give your personal best. You'll be pleased with the difference you make.