Learning to Think

You Can Do Anything, but You Can't Do Everything

One of my favorite things to remind myself when I get really busy is, “I can do anything, but I can’t do everything.” There are only so many hours in a day where you can be productive and get things done. In order to be successful, you must constantly make decisions about what the most important thing to work on is, right now. If you aren’t working where you are most needed or you aren’t working efficiently, you should be looking for opportunities to distribute your work. If you are able to bill yourself out at $200/hour, what is most important? Should you be doing your laundry or doing billable work? You can pay someone else to do your laundry and still be ahead of the game…

As you build a business from scratch, it becomes very important to understand your personal strengths and weaknesses. If you can fix a weakness, fix it and move on as efficiently as possible. If not, develop a resource to handle it better than you can yourself. There may even come a point where it may be better for the business for you to do nothing at all. This is not necessarily a bad thing! It could very well mean that you have automated your business to the point where you can just let it run and pick up your wheelbarrows of cash. Better yet, pay someone else to bring them to you!

Always ask yourself two questions as you work. Is this the most important thing for me to work on right now? Even more importantly, do I need to do this at all?