The Belgian Horse is a very powerful and popular specie of horse that originates from Belgium. They are particularly known for their endurance, toughness, teachability, teamwork and huge capacity to pull tremendous weights. They are a number one choice for horse shows, pleasure rides, farming, forestry and horse meat. Compared to most horse breeds, the Belgian Horse is a taller, heavier and stronger stock.
In the context of teamwork and its other flavours like synergy, collaboration, alliance, relationship and association, there’s a whole lot we can learn from the Belgian Horses. These animals exhibit intriguing qualities that as humans can help our understanding and practice of teamwork whether in marriage, in business, in government or otherwise. For instance;
#1. A single Belgian Horse has the capacity to pull 8,000 pounds (circa 4 tonnes) worth of dead weights.
Meaning that as an individual, you are a vital part of your team and you definitely possess something of value to contribute. And that contribution is capable of making a difference to your team’s overall output.
#2. Two Belgian Horses when yoked, harnessed or coupled together are able to pull a dead weight of 24,000 pounds (circa 11 tonnes).
Meaning that together as a team, you have a far greater capacity to achieve more. While this is 3 times what each Belgian is capable of, it is just 2 tonnes less what a London double-decker bus would weigh.
#3. Two Belgian Horses that knows each other (or in a relationship of some kind) are able to pull a dead weight of 32,000 pounds (circa 15 tonnes).
This is 4 times what a single Belgian is capable of. Meaning that when a team working toward a common goal do so with the view of fostering friendship with each or one another, they are bound to achieve 4 times their capacity for success.
#4. Two Belgian Horses that knows each other since childhood (or grew up together) are able to pull 52,000 pounds (circa 24 tonnes) worth of dead weights.
This is exactly the weight of two London double-decker bus. Meaning that when a team commits to building and developing long term friendships and relationships with each or one another as they work together, they stand an enormous chance of achieving far greater results than they set out to achieve.
In conclusion, John C Maxwell once stated and I quote, “One is too small a number to achieve greatness, you cannot do anything of real value alone.”