Quality Over Quantity - Why I Only Want to Work With the Best

career advice editorial + opinion job + productivity advice Jan 30, 2023
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When I first started working for myself, I really missed the opportunity to collaborate with others. I was used to being part of a team, and working on data science projects with other people. But when you work for yourself, it's not always easy to find ways to collaborate. And even when you do find ways to collaborate, it's not always with people that you really want to work with.

Being Selective With Collaborations

But recently, I've been thinking about the idea of quality over quantity when it comes to collaboration. When I wasn't working for myself, I had less control over who I would collaborate with and on what projects. But now that I have more control, I also have more responsibility. And I think the trade-offs have been worth it.

When I was working as a data scientist for someone else, I didn't always get to choose who I worked with. And quite often, I found myself working on projects with people who weren't really aligned with my values or my vision. But now that I'm working for myself, I only want to work with people who are a good fit for me and for my business. And that has made a big difference in the quality of my work.

Maintaining Deeper Relationships

I've also found that when you're more selective about who you work with, you can create deeper relationships and collaborations. When you're not just working with anyone and everyone, you can take the time to get to know the people you're working with on a deeper level. And that creates opportunities for richer collaboration. 

Working for myself has given me the opportunity to be more selective about the projects I work on and the people I work with. And while it's not always easy to find ways to collaborate, I think the quality of my collaborations has improved as a result. If you're thinking about working for yourself, or if you're already doing it, don't be afraid to be picky about who you work with. It will make a difference in the quality of your work.

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