Know the Wisdom In Your Limitations – Make It Happen Monday


I don’t watch a whole lot of television, but last night after the monster Easter feast I sort of plunked down in front of the tube, three-quarters asleep, and zoned out for a while. After a little bit of channel surfing in my carb-induced stupor I came on one of these entrepreneurial shows that sort of caught my interest.

Chef Bobby Flay, of Food Network fame, has apparently got some sort of reality/competition show (Google tells me that it’s fittingly titled: “America’s Next Great Restaurant”) that takes entrepreneurs in the food business and puts them through a variety of challenges, with the winner earning a restaurant chain.

Given that I’m a fan of both food and business, as well as having worked in the bar industry for a long time, this actually kept my attention.

The contestants were put through a trial run of their restaurant They had to prepare their food, hire and train staff with very little notice, and then put their booth up at an expo to sell the food, collect feedback, etc. It was a pretty cool little challenge, actually.

There were the expected ups and downs, successes and failures, and surprises that come with a “live” trial. After it was all said and done the contestants were brought, in true reality show dramatic fashion, before the panel of judges (Flay and other master chefs/restaurant owners) to receive feedback.

One contestant absolutely floored me. His little booth had done pretty well, although he was not the winner, but it was his feedback that totally threw me. He was asked by one of the chefs what he viewed as the biggest challenge of the whole thing and his response was:

“Well, I’m trying to figure out what’s supposed to be so hard about this whole thing”

Wow. Are you freaking SERIOUS? Remember… HE DIDN’T WIN!

Needless to say, the panel was apparently as shocked as I. When they pressed him on what his strengths and weaknesses were and advised him that he might want to figure some of this out his response was simply that he didn’t have any weaknesses.

That, my friends, is a recipe (Oh, come on, I couldn’t resist) for failure.

It’s good to be confident. I’d say it was required, even, to be a great man.

You don’t have to be a genius to be super successful. As a matter of fact, the smartest guys out there are often a step or two behind when it comes to succeeding because they over-think everything. So maybe this guy has decided that running a restaurant chain doesn’t require you to be a brain surgeon. That’s also true. But it definitely requires someone who knows themselves and knows how to delegate.

If you’re going to be successful, here’s a fact that you’re gonna have to swallow: You don’t do everything perfectly, and you’re not the best in the world at every single facet of your business. Sure, you might be pretty good at most everything, and great at some things, but you don’t rule every roost. That was mean-spirited of me, I know, but sometimes the truth is a bitch.

Since you don’t rule every roost, wouldn’t it behoove you to find those that do and make use of their skills? For example, I am pretty good at fixing and helping clients heal up little aches and pains, but I’m not a physical therapist or a rehab trainer. I’m really good at getting people big, lean, and strong. I train another trainer who specializes in rehab. So, when I have a rehab situation, I send my people to her. When she has someone approach them about maximizing power and performance, she sends them to me.

Can I help you out with some general stuff? Sure. Is it my business? Nope. Can she design a program to make someone faster or stronger? Yeah. Does she do that stuff day in and day out? No, that’s why she trains with me for her own training (and in return she does body work on me when I jack myself up). I stick with what I’m good at, learn what I can about what I’m not, and turn to experts when I need to.

Here’s your Make It Happen Monday assignment:

1. Create a list of the biggest requirements of your life, job, relationship, and happiness.

2. Within those requirements, create a list of your strengths and weaknesses.

3. Go through those lists and split your weaknesses into two groups: Skills to Improve, and Skills to Delegate.

4. Utilize that decision to save yourself time and frustration and really crush the things that you excel in: Your Strengths!

What are you going to be learning more about and what are you going to be delegating?

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April 26, 2011

Pete @ 2:21 am #

This was awesome Ice-man! Thank you so much. Lately I have been overthinking everything and alomost getting to the point of being a little bitch. (Well at least to myself) My characterisitic of trying to be perfect snuck up on me again. I am working on this ebook and i keep changing sh*t up. FRUSTRATING. I should just G.A.P. It (Grow a pair) and be happy with the mistakes. At least it will be a finished porjeect.
Did you have this problem with yours?
Thanks man for that today needed it!

Isaac @ 10:37 am #

Hey Pete,

Definitely, man. It took me FOREVER to get my book out because I kept rewriting it, messing with it, second guessing myself, and so on. Obviously you don’t want to turn out a crap product, but eventually you just gotta get it out there.

The things that you aren’t great with? Find somebody that is to help you, bro!


April 27, 2011

Trevor Lea-Smith @ 11:47 am #

G.A.P. Sounds like a good plan. I can definitely use that with aspects of the Biz.

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