Do What You’re Good At (and ride!)

Focus on Mastering..

Many people focus so much time on getting better at something they aren’t naturally good at.  That’s what I’d call a waste.

If you never grew up snowboarding… you’ll never appreciate it.

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Growing up I knew that I was really good at certain things, but very bad at other things.  I was good with my mouth (not that way!) because I could convince others to do things for me.

I realized I could get out of trouble easily and found myself getting into situations purposely because I could talk my way out.  My brother didn’t have the same set of skills.  He was good with his hands.

My brother could fix anything.  Him and my father connected very well because they both liked to fix things.  My father and I didn’t connect much at all.  In fact, I didn’t even get along well with my dad.  That relationship transformed my life and instead of skiing like the rest of my family was… I became a snowboarder.

My point is that you shouldn’t do things you’re not good at.  You should only do things that you’re good at naturally and master those things.

Quick Story about Mastering..

My family was over the house the other day because we have the holidays approaching.  My fridge broken the week before.  A broken refrigerator before the holidays can do some real damage.  We take our kitchen appliances for granted sometimes and without my refrigerator working I was about to be in some trouble.  So I called up this Appliance Repair Service in Norwalk to see if they could head over to my home and get my refrigerator fixed.  Sure enough a repair technician was on his way to my home in a jiffy.  The repair costed $215 and was done in about an hour.  It was rather a quick service visit, but all I cared about is that my refrigerator was fixed.  No more broken fridge spoiling my holiday meals!

My family found out about this recent repair I had paid for and immediately exclaimed “Why didn’t you try to repair it yourself?  You could have saved yourself $215!  That’s a a lot of money!”  They had a good point, but not a great point.  The great point would have been the fact that I would have to spend hours of my time to learn how to repair an appliance in the first place.

Those hours would have been spent in a much better way by working on my sales skills or getting on the phone with some clientele.  In my last post I talked about how expensive snowboarding is, but what’s even more expensive is wasting your time doing things that you’re not amazing at!

Hone your skill set.  Keep your skill set small and focused and you shall grow.

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