Collaboration is a much used term these days, some say over used ? So what does it really mean ? I like to have my own clear definition, which is the unconditional sharing of information or giving / receiving help or support for the mutual benefit of all parties. The key word here is unconditional, because this is both authentic, and it means that the giver is not expecting anything in return. Giving without expectation is a way more powerful experience,  and will harvest way better long term returns, whether it be in a personal relationship or business. Fortunately for me I was able to grasp this on my journey to self-awareness and had the chance to practice it. I try to do this now as much as I can, and can say it has reaped benefits unconditionally, with a way richer experience. So when you get the opportunity please try.