helpYou know you are wonderful at doing some things, right? And yet, there are those ‘other things’ where you are not so great. So, what is a person to do with those ‘other things’? Carrie Salone suggests that you

“Admit what you’re not good at, and get someone to help.”

Hello!?  You are great at doing so many different things - in all areas of your life…and you are not so great at others. Tell the truth. Admit what you are not good at - and then either get some help, delegate it out, hire someone else, or just….let it go.

In the books by Marcus Buckingham (GO, Put Your Strengths to Work) and colleagues (Now, Discover Your Strengths and Strengthsfinder 2.0), readers learn to maximize their productivity, energy, and contribution by operating as much as possible within their areas of strength rather than trying to bolster up their weaknesses. This is still a radical concept for many individuals - and is certainly outside the realm of many companies’, universities, schools’, and government agencies’ areas of consideration. You can address this for yourself first, and then begin to help spread the wisdom of this way of thinking.

First, you need to figure it out. Start by answering the following questions:

  1. What are you NOT good at?
  2. What do you hate doing?
  3. What do you procrastinate because it’s not an area of interest or strength?
  4. What just drains you when you do it?
  5. What low-value tasks are you trying to do?

You have several options as you begin identify those places where you need to stop putting your time and energy.

  1. You can get help to support you in completing the task or project - by asking a friend, colleague, family member, neighbor, or other acquaintance.
  2. You can delegate it out - by giving it to a direct report, trading ‘tasks’ with someone else, or otherwise establishing a situation where another person is taking over complete or partial implementation of the task or project.
  3. You can hire someone else to take care of the task or project - and that includes teens who can mow your lawn, children who can put stamps on letters, VAs (Virtual Assistants) who can handle a multitude of projects, graphic designers from anywhere in the world (e.g.,, services to clean your house, companies to take care of all your shopping chores, consultants to crunch your numbers (e.g., and the list goes on and on.
  4. You can let it go - which means you determine that there are some items that you aren’t good at - and they may not even be worth worrying about anymore so you ‘release’ them. In the big scheme of things, some areas in our professional lives and our personal lives just have to take precedence over others and releasing or letting go of those tasks, projects, and endeavors that are of lower priority is just plain wise.

You’re wise, aren’t you?

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