In an unhealthy relationship, the partners are always fighting each other. In a healthy relationship, the partners are a team that fights its common enemies: their problems.
This principle extends beyond personal relationships. In the 1950’s, the Australian world champion middle distance runner, John Landy, declared that it was humanly impossible to run a mile in under 4 minutes. For nearly a century before, athletes had tried and failed to accomplish the feat. That was until the 6th of May, 1954, when the Briton, Roger Bannister, ran a mile in 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds. Merely 46 days later, Landy ran a mile in 3 minutes and 58 seconds. Bannister and Landy were competitors on the track, but seen another way, there were also on the same team – one that pushed the boundaries of what humanity can achieve.
The electric carmaker, Tesla, has decided to not sue any competitor for exploiting its patents. Tesla’s vision is to power the world’s automobiles on electricity, and they embrace competitors who help realize that vision. By freely sharing their patents, they turn competitors into collaborators. (Are the vaccine manufacturers listening?)
Seen from the right perspective, we are all in this together, pushing past our limitations and making a better world.