You Don’t Have To Be Good At Everything

As a project leader, one of the hardest things to do is admit that you aren’t good at something. I find that I want to make sure that I have enough expertise to be able to ask questions and direct work well. In general, this works pretty well because I rely on people to be smarter than me, which means being able to answer questions so that I can understand the response.

But there are times when you just aren’t good at some aspect of work. When this happens, you should admit your weakness early, and then find someone who can fill the gap. Even though you want to keep trying, and it seems simpler to do the work yourself, finding the people who have a fire in their hearts for what you can’t do well is the best idea.

I am an excellent project leader – I can turn difficult and failing projects into changes that people were happy to be a part of. I can also create a back-office process automation that will quickly make your employee’s life easier. I can consistently write a blog-post daily for years. But I am not a good marketer. Marketing tactics are obvious to some people, but I can’t seem to gain traction. I have a choice: continue to attempt to do something that doesn’t come naturally, or find someone who can be excited about the work that I am not good at.

Admitting that you aren’t good at everything is hard. But if you can humble yourself, it can be free-ing. Once you figure out what you aren’t good at, you can hand that work off to those who are passionate about it. In the end, two people are able to do passionate work, instead of only one.

You don’t have to be good at everything. But you do need to admit when you aren’t good at something.