How Big is Your Universe?

On August 30th my son and his wife had their second child, a beautiful baby girl. She is our second grandchild (our oldest daughter will deliver the third grandchild in December). In September we visited my son’s family in Portland and I ended up spending a lot of time with my grandson who is 3 ½ and adjusting to being a big brother.

In an instant, his world has changed. This little guy has been the center of his family’s universe for the last three plus years, but now he has to share some space and attention. I think this is a wonderful thing and he will become a much more balanced person because of it. Soon he will not just be thinking about himself and what pleases him. His perceived universe is expanding.

Spending time with him made me think back to when I was a little big brother. I too had to learn not to just think about myself. As a big brother I had to watch out for and protect my little brother. I also thought back to my college fraternity days and how the “only child” guys had to learn to live with 60+ “brothers,” but once they did, they reveled in brotherhood.

It is so important in life to know yourself and what’s driving you. It’s about being confident and comfortable in yourself while not being self-centered, to expand your perceptions and consider the impact you have on those around you. The bigger and more diverse your universe, the broader your impact can be. Don’t let your ego get in the way of learning. It can take a lifetime to learn these lessons, but fortunately my grandson is off to a good start with help from his little sister.

When you partner with TEAM A.T.E., you will see this philosophy runs throughout our sales organization. We are not self-centered. We have a diverse and international group striving to understand your needs and challenges. We want our proposals and transactions to make economic sense for your company and ours. It is not all about TEAM’s profit targets. If we do business in a way that builds strong relationships with our customers, we will be successful.

Wouldn’t you rather work with someone who doesn’t think it’s all about them?

Kyle Schroeder