I’m filing this under Business Basics, but in all reality this is a Life Basic: there is a time and place for each of us to step back and let the pro’s do their job.
A good friend and Marine buddy of mine is currently knee deep in the grenade pins of legal chaos. He’s had an attorney involved for a while now, but he just posted something that I really found to be, well, profound… he’s stepping back and letting the attorney do the fighting.
Such an important lesson for each of us.
When was the last time that you as a business owner took off your shoes and just enjoyed the show for a while? I’m not talking about some bullshit lawsuit (and I give you mad props for letting someone else be the boss on this one, John!), but there are so many ways that we as business owners can and should take a step back and let someone else do the heavy lifting:
- Someone to clean your office, or maintain your plantlife
- Yard and exterior building maintenance
- Front desk/reception
- A go-fer… someone to run your errands!
- Typing up your dictated notes or filing charts
- Ordering, stocking and taking inventory
- Legal help
Really, the list is endless to who you could seek out, but the key here is this- if you could take just one thing off your plate today, would it help? Whether you pay for it or work a trade of some sort, shoveling things off of your plate can only serve to enrich your life. Go be the doctor, or the manager… focus on taking your pictures, writing your book, or composing your music and let someone else do what they do best.
I am the king of multitasking (or so the voices tell me) and there’s also a pretty thick vein of control-freak running thru me, but even I look for professional help! (okay, okay… shrinks too)
John, you motivate me in so many ways, but today, my friend, I’m just happy for you. Thanks for reminding me how important it is to let someone else do that!
John Hulsey has not endorsed this post in any way, but he’s used to people talking about him! You can read the blog post which inspired my mid-day rant, or follow along John’s motivational journey to the Pasadena Marathon.