“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”African Proverb
Working with other people is hard if you like to work fast. You have to slow down, compromise and wait for people to catch up to your pace. For students who work on class projects this slower pace can be a brutal experience. Going alone is so much faster and you're judged by your own efforts, not the efforts of others. Yet, cooperating with others brings a measure of long-term success that is much grander than what could have ever been created alone. Slowing down and pooling the talents of many people towards a common goal is worth the effort.
Working with others leads to long-term success.
Working alone leads to short-term success.
How do we know when cooperation is the best strategy for success?