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You can’t be good at everything

I look at a simple paper clip and realize I can’t make one.

In fact its rare for any one person to make anything from scratch these days.
Artists used to mix their own piants but now most wouldn’t know how to do that.
A baker uses ready milled flour and other ingredients that have been manufactured by others.
Even making a cup of instant coffee involves complicated processes to produce the coffee powder.

The next time you hestitiate to say “I don’t know”  ask yourself:
Am I trying to be, or implying,  that I am good at that?

And then ask “Why?”

What is it that makes you reluctant to say “I can’t do that” or “I don’t know that” and find someone who can or does?
Are you expecting more of yourself than you do of other people?

Repeat after me:

I am NOT good at everything.

I will stop trying to be good at everything.

I will stop implying that I am good at everything.

And relax.

Finding people who can do things you can’t do can be a joyous experience.

It can lead to brilliant collaborations and friendships.

Never be afraid to say “I don’t know.”

1 reply
  1. Garry Mumford
    Garry Mumford says:

    Which is of course an excellent advert for outsourcing!

    When you look many successful (maybe the majority?) outsource a lot of non-core functions and focus on what they are good at!

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