Dale Earnhardt drives the number 8 car in NASCAR Nextel Cup.  After finishing this weeks race, a reporter asked him how he felt about his 5th place finish.  His first words were that, “It is hot, and I am tired – I’m very tired.”  But right after that (as he continued to wipe the perspiration from his brow), he said something that captures what it means to work on a team.  He said, “I’d like to think my team could run this well without me, but I could never run this well without them.  So thanks to everyone on the team.”

Now this is the guy that’s out in front of the cameras – right in the public eye.  How easy would it have been to take the glory or blame his team for not helping him finish even higher?  What a class act.  When I’m tired at the end of the day, I only hope I can muster that kind of professionalism.  So do you play solo or are you part of a team?  How do you think your team sees you?


  1. undees said,

    September 7, 2007 @ 11:49 am

    I think my team sees me as that weird guy who vanishes into the wilderness and occasionally emerges back into civilization with some technological thingie they can hopefully use.

    That, and I think we see each other as quick-answer folks who’ve got your back when you’re stumped.

  2. Anonymous said,

    September 15, 2007 @ 4:32 pm

    I used to be on a team (sigh).
    Now I’m a team of one.

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