The ascent of Everest was not the work of one day, nor even of those few unforgettable weeks in which we climbed….it is, in fact, a tale of sustained and tenacious endeavour by many, over a long period of time. Sir John Hunt *Scaled Mount Everest in 1953*
Listen, in order to become a high achiever, you’re going to need a powerful supporting cast. That group of staff members, consultants, vendors, and helpers who do the bulk of the work while he or she is available to create new opportunities.
Just recently I had one of my students create and resize some photos for me on photo shop because I’m not that technically savvy. Yes, I could’ve learned myself, but if it’s easy to delegate tasks for very cheap, why not?
The Total Focus Process
There’s an excellent process in Jack Canfield’s ‘The Success Principles Book” which helps provide you with clarity in terms of how you should be spending your time, and what you should be delegating to others.
- Start by listing those activities that occupy your time. They could be business-related, personal, volunteer work, even things like filing and photocopying.
- Next, choose from the list the 1-3 that you’re very good at and that needs your special unique talents that very few people have. These activities that you’re very god at and that generate the most income are the ones you want to spend the most time on.
- Finally, create a plan for delegating everything else to other people.
Another great example is since I’m a teacher, I have a lot of clothes. I’m not going to spend 3-4 hours one evening washing 9 suits, 20 shirts and pants, etc when I can easily delegate that to the lady down the road for 2-5$ every two weeks.
The Need For Personal Advisors
Too many business owners don’t even have an accountant. They run their entire business program; however, there aren’t any experts at hand checking the numbers.
For instance, I had a student who became an accountant at a prestigious firm and saw that employees were stealing hundreds of thousands of baths over the course of 5-10 years. When you run a business, you need to also have people who can keep close tabs on numbers because once assets start disappearing, you have to be 100% responsible and take on the task yourself. Or, you can pay and have one accountant do the bulk of that dirty work.
Once You’ve Chosen Your Team Members, Trust Them
A great story is one by Raymond Aaron. He was selling his home to move into an apartment, so he delegated an entire project to his assistant. He told her to find a specific flat. “Find it, negotiate the lease, and bring me the contract to sign,” he said. “Then hire a moving van, get a check from my office to pay the movers, pack up the fragile items, supervise the movers, and drive behind them to my new home.” He even had her hire an advance cleaning crew and arrange a handful of other things.
Where did he meet her? On vacation!
What could a virtual assistant or virtual freelancer do for you? Write up speeches? Reports? Create a radio commercial? Develop a YouTube video?
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