Back when I was green and naive I thought that real physical things are valuable.
I thought that people work together based on common interest, as opposed to working together based on the intersection of personal interests. I know, it seems like a semantic difference… it’s not.
Once you realize that this is a fact, not just some philosophical gibberish your whole collaboration mindset will change.
Nobody actually wants to work toward a distant goal that will benefit us all, without searching for a personal benefit. You’ll find people who swear their allegiance, ready to do anything to prove their pure intentions. That’s just their subconscious pulling tricks on them. They’re internal subconscious radar is scanning for gain 24/7.
“Help me help you” wins every time, it’s a better, more sincere strategy.