One approach says to find all the stuff that you’re bad at. And then work on those things, so that you become “well-rounded.”
The other approach says to find the things you’re good at. And then only do those things. That way, you’ll accomplish a lot more, you’ll enjoy yourself more, and you’ll make more progress in the long run.
When you try to “fix your weaknesses”… you can only make small gains.
Say you’re bad at analyzing data. If you invest hours and hours reading books and staring at spreadsheets. Over time, you’ll get a bit better at analyzing data.
But imagine if you spent that same time trying to improve in what you’re already good at.
Say you’re naturally good at public speaking.
Every opportunity you have to speak in front of a crowd, you take it.
Since you’re naturally good at speaking, people compliment you regularly.
This leads to positive reinforcement, and so you apply yourself even harder to public speaking, and you gain confidence the more you do it.
You read books and take classes…
And the whole time, you’re enjoying yourself, creating value for others, and getting significantly better at something you’re already good at.
Doesn’t that sound a lot better than trying to drudge through work you’re bad at and you don’t enjoy?
And yet, it’s a mistake that entrepreneurs often make.
They try to learn everything.
Because they think that their job is to do everything.
But that makes them inefficient, and overwhelmed, and overworked… since they’re trying to do a hundred things that they aren’t naturally good at.
The right way is to NOT do the things you’re bad at… and to let other people do that stuff.
So that you can just focus on the things you’re good at.
Which, admittedly, is difficult.
It’s hard to find someone to do all the stuff that you’re bad at. Especially when you’re just starting out.
But still try to ‘outsource’ all the work that you’re bad at… to people who are good at it.
So that you can focus on the things you’re good at.
There are lots of sites where you can find a virtual assistant (VA), or just someone who can take over some tasks for you (for example building a website, a programmer, copywriter, editor, designer and so on).
Here are a few examples of pages where you can find help
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