The best teams know that the team is more important than any single teammate. It takes an incredible amount of self-confidence and humility to believe that philosophy and even more to execute it. I’ve seen some of the smartest, most capable people - and teams - succumb to their lack of confidence and the resulting erosion of their humility as they begin to believe they are more important than the larger group.

These beliefs are true in families, sports, companies and our country - as Lombardi suggests. 

All teams encounter hardship. It’s not the absence of challenges that makes a team great. It’s how teams respond to those challenges that separate the good teams from the great teams. 

The commitment required to persevere in the depths of those challenges can test even the best of us. That’s why it is so important to surround yourself with the best teammates and partners. Folks that love you, will support you and reach out when you need them. 

It’s precisely when I am struggling the most that I am reminded of the amazing people in my life that love me unconditionally. The love and kindness of others inspires me to want to be a better version of myself. 

The more we commit ourselves to something larger than ourselves, the better off we will be individually, and collectively.