“A Players play with A Players. B Players play with C Players” – elitist chant
You’ve likely heard this quote before. It may even have inspired you to do better work. But it’s wrong.
It supposes you’re destined for a downward trajectory unless you’re already the best. And the best don’t get that way by accident. Let’s rewrite the quote:
B Players play with B players.
C Players play with nobody.
A Players turn B Players into A Players.
Because the best don’t sit in ivory towers. They lead.