What Solopreneurs Have Wrong

August 28, 2017

juggleHave you ever noticed that when a powerful person accepts an award that they have a laundry list of “thank yous” for their team? There’s no coincidence here. As the saying goes, “if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” The journey to the top is a long one and the most successful people realize that it takes a strong team to get there.

Many new entrepreneurs make the rookie mistake of trying to become a jack of all trades. As a result, they end up being the master of none. You’ve probably met the unfocused entrepreneur who thought it may be a good idea to open up a hair salon inside of their sandwich shop. These are the small business owners suffering from burnout because they single handedly oversee operations, graphic design, public relations, social media, client retention and sales. They may say things like “No one can run my business quite like I can.” In many cases this is a sign of a person who isn’t able to effectively train others, or let go of tasks to optimize the efficiency of the business as a whole.

The constant desire to learn more and grow is indeed a marking of a successful person but recognizing your strengths and weaknesses is just as important. The belief that we can be successful all on our own is one of the biggest mistakes we make.

Top executives do more of what they’re great at and delegate the rest. This maximizes the efficiency of a team and brings you toward your goals much faster. Start getting ahead by acknowledging that your shortcomings aren’t necessarily a bad thing. Each and every person will need to seek out others to fill in the gaps.

Instead of learning to juggle apples and oranges, successful people learn something about everything and everything about something. Once they’ve found their strengths, they seek out their tribe. Their tribe is the cabinet of experts in the areas they fall short in. Their job is to handle all the things great leaders cannot do, don’t have time to do or simply don’t want to do.

This belief transcends beyond the workforce. When you think of the most successful person you know, you may notice that they are in good company. They surround themselves with people who motivate them and possibly live equally inspirational lives. This is purposeful. The company you keep is reflection of you. Through selective networking and building up others, successful people eventually cultivate a powerful tribe across all avenues of their lives.

If you are having trouble letting go of tasks, delegating or building a tribe, the Dale Carnegie Training Course and Leadership Training Program can help. So many of our graduates are surprised just how much changing your circle can change your life.

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