Everyone has personal limitations
- Last episode, we talked about our skills and strengths, but everybody also has weaknesses and limitations
- As entrepreneurs, we tend to have what I’ve heard called “Superhero Syndrome” – feeling like we can do and handle everything
- Believing this, however, is our greatest weakness
- Acknowledging and admitting your limitations is the first step in being able to overcome them
Understanding your limitations
- After going through the exercise in episode 4, you should have a good idea of what your strengths are. At the same time, you should have revealed many weaknesses.
- The first thing you need to understand is that it is okay to have weaknesses.
- In fact, it is good to have weaknesses.
- Without weaknesses, you would never need help
- Without help, your growth will be limited, at least by time and energy
- Having weaknesses (and addressing them) leads you to seek help
- With additional help to cover where you are weak allows each of you to focus on your strengths
- When you each focus on your strengths and work together, you can accomplish more than the sum of what you could do individually
Overcoming your limitations
- To overcome your limitations, you are not working to improve your weakness to make them a strength
- You are working with someone else that has a strength in the area in which you are weak.
- Together, you are able to accomplish much more – not in spite of your weaknesses, but rather because of the help you are providing and receive due to your weaknesses.
The more, the merrier
- Having one person help cover your weaknesses helps a lot; but having more people working together to cover each other’s weaknesses is an even greater help.
- This is because the more people you have working together, the more single-minded you each can be – allowing you to really focus and specialize in a particular area.
- This is also a Biblical principle found in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12:
- Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.
- For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
- Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?
- And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
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