1. You’ll experience deeper happiness through team success. Team success > individual success. When all you have is individual success, you can remain a little empty inside. Your individual ego is too small to fully satisfy yourself. Happiness is meant to be shared. When you share your success, you’ll feel more satisfaction, love, and connection with others. It feels amazing to be a part of something greater than yourself!
2. Putting the team first actually helps you individually by making you look good in the eyes of coaches. If you’re a good teammate and leader, your coaches will speak highly of you, which will help advance your career. In the long run, this will benefit you much more than being a selfish teammate does.
3. Lastly, and most importantly, being a good teammate improves your character and makes you a better person. In the grand scheme of things, this is much more important than the benefits you may get from being a selfish teammate. Putting the team first and being a good teammate are simply the right things to do. Also, it teaches you humility, selflessness, service, and leadership skills, which will help you in all areas of your life. It’ll make you a better employee, a better spouse, and a better parent.
As you can see, these three reasons are all you need to put the team first. There’s rarely ever a reason not to! It may not pay off immediately, but in the end, putting the team first is always worth it!