Good morning, Believe Nation!
My name is Evan Carmichael, my one word is believe, and I believe that entrepreneurs are going to solve all of the world’s major problems.
So to help you on your journey today, we’re going to learn how to get great. Over to you, Dean Graziosi.
The biggest lie we’ve ever been told is to work on our weaknesses. Biggest BS in the world. The hell with your weaknesses, I was in special reading til 12th Grade, I couldn’t spell for sh–.
Right now, my computer if it could talk to me, I try to type words and send an email and I’ll go through three different variations. It can’t even find the word. It’s like give up bro, use a simpler word. You just don’t have the vocabulary and I know that. But I still have multiple New York Times bestsellers.
I’ve been touched a lot, been able to touch the lives of millions of people because here’s the secret: get great at what you’re already good at and pay people to do the sh .. that you suck at. Does that make sense? Get great at what you’re good at. I’m going to give you one example.
Ned Hallowell. Oprah in America considers him the number one ADD specialist in the world. Attention Deficit Disorder. I said to him one day, we became good friends, I said, “How do you cure so many kids?” “Get ’em off Ritalin and get ’em off medication.” He said “Simple.” He said “I find out what happens as Johhny’s in class. “He’s trying to read a book.
“His teacher says, “You sit there and read that “and you can’t get up until you’re done.” “He freaks out, runs around, now he’s got ADHD, he’s hyper.” He said, “What we do, and then they medicate him.” He goes, “What I do is I find what Johnny’s good at.
“Maybe he’s good at math, gym, soccer “and we get his team around him, his family around him, “and we help him get great at what he’s good at. “His confidence goes up “and Johnny reads the book on his own.”
I don’t know why we’re taught to focus on our weaknesses so much. The world belongs to the people who are experts at what they do and to provide insane value, not to the person who is mediocre at everything. This a great story about the bunny that forgot to hop and I forget who initially told it, but there’s this bunny who’s going to school and he’s learning to hop and he’s learning to swim.
He gets an A on his hopping but he’s failing in his swimming and so his parents start freaking out and say, “Okay, we got to take you to swim lessons. “You got to get better at swimming. “You got to practice, you got to hustle harder. “We’re going to take you to private lessons. “We’re going to take you out to school “where you’re going to learn, learn, learn about how to swim.”
“Stop focusing on your weaknesses.” – Evan Carmichael
And slowly, slowly, slowly he gets better to swim and he went from being an F student in swimming to a C student in swimming. But because he spent so much time being a C student at swimming and bridging that gap, he also falls from being an A student in hopping to be a C student at hopping. And kind of along the way, he forgets how to hop. And that’s what a bunny is supposed to do is hop.
And so the world will tell you to focus on your weaknesses. The world will tell you all the things that you suck at and that you need to get better at. Understand that for you to have the impact that you want, to make the money that you want, or to reach the people that you want, to build the business that you want, the best way to do it is to not focus on your weaknesses.
It’s to find the things that you are great at. Find the thing that you can be one of the best in the world at. You may not have that talent yet, but you have the ability to be one of the greatest in the world at doing X, what is that thing? Focus as much time on that thing as possible and then as you build and grow, surround yourself with the people who complement your weaknesses ’cause they love doing the things that you hate. That’s how successful teams are built. That’s how successful businesses are built. Stop focusing on your weaknesses.
Question of The Day
So the question today is I’m curious, “What was the biggest weakness that you gave up, “that people said you needed to focus on, “but you felt like I’m not going to do this anymore.
“I have more important, bigger things, “that I’m more talented at, that I’m going to go out “and crush instead. “What was that biggest weakness that you gave up “and handed to somebody else?” Leave it down in the comments below, really curious to find out.
I also want to give a quick shout out to Alejandro Rivas. Alejandro, thank you so much for picking up a copy of my book, “Your One Word.” It really, really, really means a lot to me and I hope you’re enjoying the read. So thank you guys again for watching.
I believe in you. I hope we continue to believe in yourself and whatever your one word is. Much love and I’ll see you again tomorrow morning for another shot of Espresso.
You need to bet on your strengths and don’t give a f… about what you suck at. Way too many people in this room are going to spend the next 30, 40 years of their lives trying to check the boxes of the things that they’re not as good at and that you’re going to waste a f… load of time and lose.
I highly recommend auditing yourself or if you have no f… empathy or EQ or self-awareness, then find somebody in your family or friendship that does and let them tell you who you are. And once you believe that, either for yourself or someone else told you, go directly, all chips all into that because that is the only possible way, in my opinion watching from the outside, that is, let me rephrase.
That is a very highly, likely way of over-indexing because the truth is, if you want to be an anomaly, you’ve got to act like one. And so, that’s it, that’s what I got, so thanks for having me.
You need to know what your unique strengths are and be willing to delegate them. So I would say that the question of whether you should take a skill, learn it yourself, delegate it to someone else or hire a new team member, are determined by having a very accurate self-assessment, an assessment of your team skills, not only at what you can do, but what you should be doing.
That’s very important, so if you are a startup CEO or founder, and you have a team of say two to 10 people, as soon as you have funds to hire, you should not be focused on the things that you are bad at. Sounds very, very intuitive, but it’s not because you might have enough time to do those things, but the question is do you have the attention to dedicate to those things so they’re not an interruption?
Especially if you’re a venture-back startup and you’re competing against other companies that also have a lot of funding. The game and the race goes to the swift so you have to have a lot of velocity.
Knowing your strengths and weaknesses and knowing what you enjoy doing. If you look at it as a job, you’ve already lost. It’s not going to be your passion and you’re going to count the hours. If you look at it as something you love to do and you know what your strengths are, then you can leverage those strengths in your business and in helping others and once you recognize your weaknesses, then you can work with people that complement you.
I mean, every one of my businesses, I’ve had a partner who’s very anal . Martin Woodall, Todd Wagner, I mean, incredibly anal people, perfectionists, because I’m a slob. I’m a big picture, think about what’s around the corner, how’s technology going to change things, how can I change, you know, this industry, and you know, making sure that there’s somebody there to dot the I’s, cross the T’s and keep me in the baselines and recognizing my weaknesses is just as important as recognizing my strengths and my core competencies and having the passion to do ’em.