As is with most answers in business, the likelihood that all ships “rise with the tide” depends largely on the motivation of others.
Economist and moral philosopher Adam Smith said that individuals are driven by their own self interest. Others believe that those living in a collectivist culture are generally inclined to be concerned about equality and the welfare of others.
The individualist can be motivated to lift others, but only if they can find some personal benefit. This belief is likely offensive to some who would prefer to be labeled as selfless or benevolent.
The truth is all ships do rise with the tide, but benevolence and trickle-down economics is far less predictable.