September 29, 2016

Stop Doing Everything Yourself

Let’s be honest, you aren’t good at everything. No one is! So why do we try to do everything ourselves (including the things we're not good at) when we're just starting out?Usually it's because we think we have to.But you’re...

Let’s be honest, you aren’t good at everything. No one is! So why do we try to do everything ourselves (including the things we’re not good at) when we’re just starting out?

Usually it’s because we think we have to.

But you’re going to be your best—and your business is going to have a stronger chance at succeeding—if you just focus on leveraging your strengths. Identify what you’re naturally talented at. You can do this by thinking about what types of tasks you enjoy the most because more often than not, the things we enjoy are also the things we are naturally good at. We don’t tend to like doing things that highlight our weaknesses! So figure out which tasks you would enjoy, and then spend the majority of your time doing those things.

So what about the stuff you’re not good at?

For the tasks you dread, think of someone who can help. Find another person who can do what you can’t. It might be a family member with a connection or a friend with a specific skill set. This will enable you to spend the majority of your time working in your strengths. It also allows other people to work in their strengths. You can also save time and money by bartering. Remember, you have something to offer that other people need, and other people have something to offer that you need. Leverage that.

Be sure to give yourself credit for the talents you have. Don’t be afraid to offer them in exchange for the talents of others. Staying in your strengths and backfilling for your weaknesses will raise the level of excellence of your business as well as keep you energized for the long haul.

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  • Kendra says:

    Thank you for this reminder, and thank you for doing what you are good at doing. I enjoy your teaching.

  • Holly says:

    Praise God that I found your website. I am really in that place right now where I am willing to start delegating, but keep running into the money road block. I never thought of bartering. But perhap that really is the way to go for me, at least for a while.

  • Emilie Burke says:

    Hiring a VA to handle some of the tasks that I don’t have the mindspace for has been amazing and so worthwhile to me. I can get more done in less time and make more time-per-hour now.

  • Ben says:

    I feel like there is a reference in here to the move Taken when. Seriously, I never thought about bartering to get the help you need while your business is still in its infancy.