In the book of Ecclesiastes, the Bible teaches us that two people are better than one.

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

This passage shows us that it is wiser to partner with one or more people than to try to accomplish a project alone. The mergers of large companies illustrate how wise it is to join forces rather than to try to progress alone. Once the merger is completed, the new company becomes much more profitable and competitive than the sum of the two entities when they were separate. For example, the merger allows the new company to have a much larger capital, enabling it to acquire assets that neither entity could have acquired alone.

The merger also allows the new entity to benefit from the specific qualities of each of the entities. If Company A had the best commercial strategy and Company B was known for the quality of its product, the AB merger would give rise to a company with the best product and the best commercial strategy. The success of this merger can only be phenomenal.

One day, I heard a Chinese billionaire declare that he did not have higher education and that the secret of his success lies in his ability to bring smart people together and make them work together. He gathers people with different and complementary skills around a project and encourages them to find solutions that none of them could find alone. This is how he has created hundreds of successful companies throughout his country.

In his book entitled “Business Secrets from the Bible,” author Rabbi Daniel Lapin explains that God created only a small number of elements and that most of the things we can observe in nature are the result of associations of several elements. He explains that each association brings a superior result. For example, steel is an association of iron and carbon. Stainless steel is the result of the association between steel and chromium.

In the construction field, for example, it took an association between sand, water, gravel, and iron to obtain reinforced concrete, without which no skyscraper could exist. The same goes for the sandwich, which was born from the association between bread, meat, and lettuce. The birth of a child is also the result of the union between a man and a woman.

It is wise to partner rather than to try to progress alone.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin also explains that before Jacob’s death, he brought all his children together and prayed for each of them individually, so that they would receive a special grace different from that of the others. Jacob wanted his children to be complementary, which would force them to work together in love and unity.

The author explains that this is why a Jewish merchant, for example, will not try to repair his car himself, even if he has some knowledge of auto mechanics. He will instead entrust his vehicle to a Jew whose specialty is auto mechanics. The same merchant will entrust his accounting to a Jewish accountant, instead of trying to keep it himself.

If we decide, too, to value others and partner with them, we will also begin to achieve great things…

This text is an excerpt from the book “THE MENTALITY OF EXCEPTIONAL PEOPLE” written by Dominique MBOG.

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