Do you have an expertise you are truly passionate about? So much so you would most likely do it for free? This is what makes you truly special, it’s what your heart desires in life. It could be a sport, helping the less fortunate, raising awareness for animal rights, or sales training.
What if you could make a living doing something you are truly passionate about? How would that feel like getting up every morning? Does the thought make you excited? When people ask me what I do for a living, I respond with, “I don’t work I have a hobby!”
It is so true, when you truly love what you do it does not feel like work. Some may even feel sheepish to receive payment for their services, but remember this is your area of expertise. You are the proud owner of that domain.
When you are able to make a living from your passion it’s important to understand in order for you to be successful you need to learn the art of delegation. In business, the majority of individuals focus to much time on tasks they are not great at, or don’t want to do. The result, is they end up procrastinating on completing these tasks. I don’t blame them. Think about it for a moment, if you are a marketing expert do you really want to spend a few hours each day doing bookkeeping?
The grunt work you don’t enjoy can be passed on to someone who is truly passionate about that line of work. Don’t assume a bookkeeper is dreading receiving a job you don’t want. Look at it this way, accounting is their passion, they love numbers. When you think about it you are actually helping them enjoy what they are great at.
Learning how to delegate these daily tasks will make you more successful, free up more of your time to focus on what you do best.
Recently, I met a gentleman at an event who owned a design business. He explained to me he does his own accounting and year-end tax filing. I was astonished, explaining to him that he would be more productive if he handed the job over to a certified accountant. The time he spent on doing his books can be better served generating more sales for his company.
My wife and I hire a landscaper to cut our grass every two weeks. It is well worth the money as it costs us $30, while mine and my wife’s time is worth at least $500 per hour. If we were to cut the grass ourselves, we would be losing money.
In the martial arts world, the difference between a master and the belts below them is their ability to flow seamlessly from one technique to another without compromising efficiently. The master knows the best course of action to solve a problem. As the late Bruce Lee stated, “it’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away the unessential.”
I would like you to make a list of all the tasks in your life that can be completely outsourced or delegated. Get those low level tasks you don’t enjoy doing off your to-do list. Start focusing on the highest impact task that will generate you the biggest returns. Remember, successful people and leaders are experts in maximizing the resources around them.
Question: What are some of the tasks you can outsource? Has delegating those tasks made a positive impact in your business or life? If yes, please feel free to share. You can leave a comment by clicking here.