Ujima is collective work and responsibility.
I sometimes feel like this should have been ‘ubuntu’ instead.
Basically, I’m not competing against anyone cause if you win so do I.
There is a saying that if you are the smartest in the room, you are in the wrong room. It sounds good but I could never subscribe completely to it because I see the fractures in the logic. My argument is if this is true why would smarter, richer, more accomplished, etc people invite those not on their level to sit at the table. Kind of pretentious in my opinion, to leave behind people because they aren’t as smart or whatever as you and what about those who are as smart as you?!
I will agree that if you are the smartest in the room and full of arrogance about then, you ARE in the wrong room.
I believe we should have a Ujima Circle that consists of 3 types of people.
- People who are smarter, more influential and connected than us. These are mentors who understand their responsibility to share their knowledge and offer invites to spaces that stretch your perspective. They are leading the pack.
- People who are fresh, eager to learn and look up to us. These are people we mentor. It’s our responsibility to pass on our knowledge and help them grow into their desired self.
- People who share the same aspirations as us. These are likeminded peers and colleagues. These are people who are next to us on the path.
Do you have at least 3 people that fits this in your life? Tag them in the comments below and share the wins they’ve had that were also yours.
If you don’t have at least 1 friend ahead of, 1 beside you and 1 learning from you, set an intention today to attract this ujima circle into your life in 2019.