According to “math,” this is wrong. Even children know this isn’t true.
One of the first mathematical equations we ever learn is 1+1=2. It’s one of the most basic facts of life that most of us take for granted. That makes it difficult to argue.
But not impossible.
1+1=2 assumes that the additive property does not take into account the possibility of the whole being greater the sum of its parts.
Have you ever been part of a conversation that caused something to click for you? Because of the interactions, neurons fired in your brain in a way they hadn’t before, and thoughts came to the surface that simply weren’t there before.
Co-founders of a successful startup often play off each other brilliantly. Each may specialize in a different area of the business, but the energy between them can create a fast-growing company in which the two pieces working together are able to go above and beyond.
The most beautiful duet ever played.
A rim-shattering alleyoop-assisted dunk.
A compassionate hug between old friends.
You get the idea.
When people are chasing after something they really want, they try all sorts of crazy things.
They try to work harder.
They try to work smarter.
They try to be more innovative.
They try to be unique.
They try to differentiate themselves.
Some even cheat, lie, and deceive.
But the one thing most people don’t try is leaning on the relationships that naturally create more. The more 1+1=3 relationships we can build, the more math we can do.
And so on.