“I have a great team behind me and a family that supports me. I just care too much about my career. I have been working too long to let it slip away for something stupid.” – Jesse McCartney
We all would like to have the luxuries of a 50 person crew that can fix whatever we need at a moments notice. Don’t worry, you’ll get there. But first what you need is a skeleton crew!
A skeleton crew is made up of the key people needed to keep a ship, business or project running.
So think about the most essential things you need to start getting your stuff out there. Maybe you’re a great video game programmer but suck at making art, get a graphic artist. Maybe it’s important for you to have great photos on your website, find a photographer whose taste matches yours. Or you could be a musician with great songs but lacklustre production, find a producer who could add to your material. Whatever it is, write it down and do some research. You might need to try out different people and there might be some false starts, but it’s worth it!
The key is to find people who share your values and work ethic. When you’re trying out people you might find people who share your work ethic but might not share your values, others might share your values but not your work ethic.
Reach out to people you trust, find a couple of mentors who’ve gone through the journey and ask for recommendations and guidance. If you can’t get to them just yet, try to get a hold of interviews or biographies and look for the underlying principles at work. Also check out who they’ve worked with.
Pretty soon you’ll have found your core group of people who you can rely on to help you deliver your product to the people. They’ll be glad to have you as a vehicle for their output too, so you don’t need to feel like you’re just “using” them. Then you just build on that. Expand your circle and find more great people to work with.
Take the lead. So few people do. Most people sit around waiting for someone to lead them. But you’re here for a reason. You want to make your ideas come true. It needs to be that important to you. Trust that you’ve built a solid team and go for it!
“Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play as a team is another story.” – Casey Stengel
“There’s not an instruction manual on how to deal with success, so you just have to rely on having great friends and a good team.” – Bryan Adams
“You need a team. You need people to push you.” – Wynton Marsalis
“We can’t all be good at everything. This is partly the logic behind having a team in the first place, so each role can be filled with the person best suited for that role and together, every job and every strength is covered.” – Simon Sinek
“Life is like a dogsled team. If you ain’t the lead dog, the scenery never changes.” – Lewis Grizzard