It’s taken me decades to learn what I’m good at and what I’m lousy at. I’m a builder, not a long-term maintainer. I’m a marketer, not a manager, a salesperson, not a bean counter. I no longer regard it as a character flaw that I love to start businesses, but want out after three to five years. I even tell everyone that up front. I have few employees and use contractors when I need extra help. Troubleshooting and providing solutions are strengths of mine, but that doesn’t mean I have to stick around and execute every idea. I accept now that I often prefer solitude to socializing and that socializing is fun for the first few hours but can become exhausting.
It took me years to figure out how my brain worked, what I was born to be good at, what I should avoid. Yes, when you finally discover what you’re good at and enjoy, sometimes it takes guts to do it. Yes, it may not make you rich initially, but success isn’t all about wealth. Too many people get stuck in a career that a high school counselor divined through those weird tests and said they had an aptitude for. Or found a summer job at McDonald’s and wound up in the food service industry. Or maybe you were one of the lucky ones who found out early in life what you were good at and made you happy.
Whether you discovered your gifts—and your gaps—early or late, you’ll want to have someone else to do the stuff you suck at. Flesh out your team with talent you don’t have. This is tough when you’re a control freak or are accustomed to being in charge, or when you think your way is the best way. But it’s the only way to avoid burnout.
If you’re seriously on your 2010 success ladder and ready to learn from me in person, my 7 Figure Business Summit is in April and seats are going fast http://www.bit.ly/5dHdCp. If you hurry, you can still bring a friend for half price. (Yes, that’s two of you for $1,499.)
To your ROCKIN’ 2010 Success Story. Christine
Christine Comaford, The 7 Figure Business Builder
CEO of Mighty Ventures, Inc.
NY Times Best Selling Author
PS: I am 100% looking forward to working with so many of you that I’ve met through Facebook and Twitter, etc. http://www.bit.ly/5dHdCp