“Humility is having the self-awareness to know what you’re good at – and what you’re not good at.” – Adam Grant.
I was asked a question tonight… and that was, think back to high school…. did I know what I wanted to “be” when I got older? Yeah, no.
Some people know they want to be a police officer or accountant or fill in blank.
I just knew I liked making money and would study business. I also really wanted my own talk show.
But, in regards to the quote I found for today… that made me think of this conversation… I knew right away, all along, that I would have been awful at anything with biology or science. Math too. I like math that has to do with money… but I remember sitting in a geometry telling my teacher that “I believe you… I do not need to prove this” — that didn’t work. haha.
SO… anything to do with health care as a field was out of the question. In fact, I asked my dentist one time… “SO…. if your patient is annoying do you just ever just poke them by accident with that scraper tool?” — he looked at me with the most kind eyes and said “no” — again, health care – out of the question for me.
It’s kind of a funny quote, but at the heart of it… you really develop humility!
You need to know what you are good at and what you are awful at… because when you’re running your business you have many many hats to wear! However, you only have so much time. Do not waste your time on things you are bad at… sure the job/task needs to be accomplished but you don’t have to agonize over the completion of it.
For example, you do need to understand how a website’s message will benefit your business, however, you do not need to know how to construct a website, buy a domain, or change the DNS.
There’s big difference between building a house, paying a contractor, or buying a house. You do not need to understand how to assemble a car to drive it. And you do not have to raise a turkey to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner.
Focus within your strength and pay others for the stuff you are bad at… after all, preparing a Thanksgiving Dinner is hard enough without having to feed a turkey every day… plant the potatoes, or churn the butter!
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