She truly is an amazing, awesome cook… but cooking isn’t the same as baking. True, they both happen in the kitchen, and ingredients can overlap a bit, but the difference is more like ‘night and day’ than ‘black and gray’. Baking requires a specific recipe and process to be sure the needed chemical reactions result in a dough rising, a batter solidifying, and the end product coming out of the oven fluffy and delicious. Inexperienced or not professionally trained bakers will have better results if they follow any baking recipe to the ‘T’ and pay close attention to the details and measurements.
My wife can cook a mean meal, and while her dessert-type techniques are not quite as honed, there are benefits – we eat a lot less sweets, for one. I love my wife, but she absolutely refuses to admit she’s not good at baking. Perhaps it’s her pride that won’t let her, and I can’t help but think of how not delegating, or admitting a weakness or lack in skillset, is present in both our line of work and other enterprises as well.
I really do find it very interesting when it comes to other areas of running a company and having a life outside of that. I can clearly see the similarity when I analyze our clients’ businesses, comparing the owners who disconnect daily and have a robust home life (both physically and mentally) versus the ones who struggle to make time to smell the roses that they keep seeding every day, but rarely get to enjoy.
Success means different things to different people, of course. To me, as a very proud father with a goal to spend as much time with my 4 kids (until they won’t care to do so anymore), family time, vacations, and often enjoyments with those who I care about (“alone time” included…), without feeling guilty, look at my phone every 3 minutes, and actually REALLY BEING THERE “in the moment”, while disconnecting from the business worries and stress – THAT is success in my eyes.
How did I become successful? I realized what I’m NOT good at, what I should outsource, or whom I should hire to take care of certain aspects of the business. I am also blessed to have the ability to choose which clients I do NOT want to bring onboard, and which clients we already have that I might want to politely say goodbye to, for particular reasons. I’m familiar with my limitations as a business owner. I’m aware, for example, that I’m never going to be a good salesperson. I’m never going to be able to design a pretty logo or have the patience to sit at my computer for 15 hours to write code. I don’t enjoy analytics and I am not interested in dealing with HR headaches. So how do I handle these things?
I surround myself with vendors and employees that over the past 20 years I worked VERY hard to be able to afford. I’m successful now because I CAN smell the roses, and I CAN take a few weeks of vacation every year (…and leave the phone at the hotel room or cabin for hours each day). And most of all, I get to be in the moment when my kids body surf with me, or play Yahtzee for 5 hours straight while cheating constantly (because like their mom, they refuse to lose), or sit on the couch with my wife and kids while binge watching “Modern Family” for a full, uninterrupted weekend.
My success started when I realized what I should NOT be doing – what clients I should NOT be offering services to, what vendors I need to hire, and most importantly, I learned that not every dollar is worth working for or keeping.
What are YOU doing these days, that you can comfortably outsource, or should hire someone else to do? If you’re like many people I meet, IT / Technology is one of those things. If that rings true for you, let Gallop Technology Group take care of that part for you through me and my awesome team. I promise I won’t send you my wife’s homemade cookies as a welcome gift when you become a client.