I can do it; I can do it better; I can do it best

I lived most of my life with this simple saying. He further said, you should have all the skills to be in control. I endeavored to live up to this and excel at what I did. I strove to excel not only in doing everything myself, but even to find my weaknesses and trying to excel at them.

Just over two years ago I realized I was wrong. Not my Dad, I was wrong. In my interpretation of the words ‘job well done’.

What did I do about it?

If you want a job well done, do it yourself

— My Dad

I lived most of my life with this simple saying. He further said, you should have all the skills to be in control. I endeavored to live up to this and excel at what I did. I strove to excel not only in doing everything myself, but even to find my weaknesses and trying to overcome and excel at them.

Just over two years ago I realized I was wrong. Not my Dad, I was wrong. In my interpretation of the words ‘job well done’.

I thought of ‘Job’ as each task, each activity, each detail. So wrong I was. I have excelled when it came to Strategy and Processes – seeing the big picture and finding solutions that are most apt. My weakness has been details – micro-managing.

I wanted to improve. I Read books, took coaching classes. Time management and details management.

It hit me when I turned 50. 3 words = 1 simple word. The words ‘job well done’ meant just one word – Goal. My focus was on individual tasks rather than the Goal or big picture.

What did I do about it?

Once I realized this, I decided to take action. I did two simple things:

  1. I hired a Personal Assistant
  2. I outsourced simple tasks that I used to do including my own book keeping, accounting etc.

That changed my life in two ways:

  1. My quality of life improved. I now have more time for myself and I am happy and stress free.
  2. My revenue has actually increased by 45% in the last two years. This is something that came as a bonus because I am able to focus on and amplify my strengths. (see my previous blog post on ‘amplification of strengths‘)

If you think letting go and outsourcing of tasks is expensive, think again. I am a living example of this false thinking.

 

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