Travel fast or far

There is an old African proverb that says: “If you want to go fast, travel alone, but if you want to go far, travel together.” A former boss of mine, a successful business founder and all around mensch, told me privately once that the biggest hindrance to his company's growth would be him.  I was confused.  He then explained the powerful desire to control others' influences on our ideas as they become movements or businesses.

This desire for control is fine if we are the sole creator of value from start to finish.  Artists fit this bill.  However, 99% of the time this is not the case in business or our personal lives and 99% of us don't create valuable art.  Hell, even artists will credit others for contribution to their great works.

Our desire for control leads to "if I want something done right, I'll do it myself" thinking.  Not good for growth of a business or the spreading of an idea.  The right thinking is first know yourself and recognize your desire for control.  Then you must get people to believe in your vision to the point that it becomes their vision too.  And finally you must let them own this vision so they're motivated to grow it with care equal to yours.

The more people that own the idea the bigger that idea gets - and don't you want something big to happen with your idea?