In this episode Keith shares why your should “Stop Doing Everything Yourself”
Laura: So Keith, here’s an interesting question for you. Do you remember the very first time that you leveraged delegation in your business and if so, what feelings came up for you as you went through it?
Keith: I was thinking about this yesterday. This is so brilliant. I mean I know a lot of my friends feel this too. I came up with four ideas. One is, “Can I really afford this?” Of course the opposite is, “Can I just do it myself?” I will just do it myself.
Because I can’t afford it, I will just do it myself. The other one was, how long will it take if I – we’re going to find someone. Are they any good? Are they going to be reliable? Will they do a good job? Then I’ve got to chase them up. I will just do it myself, which is the biggest trap of all.
Then the whole idea of, “Is it worth the effort?” Am I going to get a superior result or am I going to leverage my time in such a way that is going to be worth all of this time and effort? Of course that’s the first time you do it.
Once you’ve done it once, you’re hooked. You go, “Geez! I just freed up half a day.” It would have taken me half a day to do that. That guy has gotten it back to me in an hour. It looks brilliant. It costs virtually nothing compared to what it would have if I did it myself, wasting half a day of my time and what is that worth.
So yeah, four major chunks. Can I afford it? How long will it take? Is it worth the effort? Can I just do it myself?
Laura: It’s such a common response and so many – especially so many online entrepreneurs that are in a newer phase of their journey. They’re just getting started online or maybe they’ve just made that jump from employee to entrepreneur and left the corporate world.
So a lot of times, we do take ownership of everything, right? I can’t afford it. I will just do it myself. I can do it faster than I can tell somebody else what I want done.
But the problem is that there are only so many hours in a day and if you are always stuck on this treadmill of doing everything yourself, you can never actually get ahead. You just can’t.
Keith: It’s so true. It’s so true. I mean I’m so proud to be part of this thing we’re creating because it’s creating a checklist, a system, and it’s going to be so beneficial to so many people. I’m so proud to be a part of it. So, thank you so much for asking all these great questions because you really challenged me to think deeply about this whole process.
Laura: Well, and I think it’s sort of an important thing that people understand everybody is at a different part in their journey. You’ve got Heather and Andrew and myself that are all OMS mentors as well that are a little bit further along. So our systems are more in place.
We’ve had a few more years than you to get those systems in place, to make the mistakes. Everybody is at a different point in their journey. So being able to understand that and grow and learn from each other – Maya Angelou has a quote that I live by, that says, “When you learn, teach. When you get, give.”
I love this quote because it’s just a constant reminder to me that you will always be learning and always be teaching because there will always be people that know more than you and there will always be people that know less than you.
If you can learn the lessons from people who know more and share it with people who are trying to get to your level, it’s part of what helps make us all grow and it’s part of what …
Keith: It’s brilliant.
Laura: … really changes lives.
Keith: It’s just brilliant, yeah. Yeah, I absolutely totally agree with that.
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