“You cannot always work with the best”

It has been a while since I last blogged, and I find myself repeating the following story in discussions lately, so why not put it down here too:

When I was serving at the Air Force, for some reason we got into a discussion with the Warrant Officer in charge about manning the posts and specific persons on location. And he told me:

George, you cannot always work with the best

This struck me very hard, because up until that time, I was very used to work with "the best" in environments that allowed for rapid personal growth and learning and had not internalised my luck of having world class scientists allowing me to work with them.

The second reason why this struck me was because of Joy’s Law

no matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for someone else

and all this was happening in a discussion about guard duty.

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