What Can We Learn From Turtles?

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Do you prefer to work alone on projects? Are you like me and sometimes get frustrated when you have to work with others? If so, it’s time to change how you think!

As a kid, I loved watching a cartoon called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT). It was a show about 4 turtles (Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello) and a rat (Splinter) who come into contact with a substance that causes a mutation. This mutation results in an increase in size, strength and intelligence. Splinter is their adoptive father who teaches the turtles to become ninja warriors. While living in the sewers of Manhattan, they battle criminals and save people from the evil Shredder and his Foot Clan, all while remaining isolated from society. While each of the Turtles have their own special abilities, their most powerful ability is their family bounded teamwork. Whenever they have an occasional argument, one of the Turtles will separate from the group and do his own thing. It’s in this situation that they usually get injured and in some serious trouble. Once the Turtle realizes that he needs the others, they get back together and forgive one another. The teamwork of the TMNT is unmatched and when they work together, there is nothing they can’t solve. Donatello usually comes up with the ideas, Leonardo plans the next move, and Raphael and Michelangelo take a break from eating pizza to help out as well.

When the TMNT put their heads together and work as a team, there is nothing that can stop them. Incorporate the lessons on teamwork from the TMNT into your own life. Each person has their own strengths and abilities, but by working as a team, you are able to share those with others.

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