“Stop trying to be good at everything and accept you can’t be all things to all men.”
How many times do we either say that or hear that? It’s true though, isn’t it? Just hard to accept I guess as we all want to be the best we can be, don’t we?
I have recently learnt a really valuable lesson about this though and one I hope I will carry with me for a long time to come. I have been working with a colleague of mine who is very different in her approach, mindset and knowledge base yet we have been able to totally bring out the best in each other by accepting our differences and therefore allocating tasks accordingly.
On first glance, because we are so different you might not consider us to be a good match when taking on a new project, but talking to each other about these differences rather than ‘competing’, unlocked the key to success in all this. Taking the time to explore our strengths and match to the task in hand whilst making sure that at least our desired outcome was the same, produced an output that is so much better than what we could have produced on our own.
So my lesson is, don’t be afraid of a different approach, embrace it and accept you can’t be amazing at everything – but do your best to find someone that completes the balance.