Are you great at some things and absolutely horrible at others? A better question to ask is: are you AWARE of your strengths and weaknesses?
I’ve recently added another skill to my “I’m-not-so-great-at-this” list. Admitting my weaknesses is never a fun thing to do, but it’s given me some great insight on business mindset!
Here’s my story and the ‘lesson’ I learned.
I found these fabulous cast iron chairs by the roadside. They were rusty and the backs were all but falling off, but they were heavy duty and I knew I could restore them to their original fabulous-ness!
As an added bonus, I already had a road-rescue table sitting in my basement. Combining the two made a cute patio set!
After bringing them back to life with a thorough sanding and paint job, it was time to decide what to do with the backs of these chairs.
With ALL the talent and creativeness My Facebook Followers possess , I decided to reach out and ask for help. Which outdoor fabric would look best…and how the heck was I going to attach it!!
I received a TON of feedback and it all involved sewing… yikes!
Because my sewing skills are nil-to-none, an inexpensive template fabric was purchased to “practice” on.
After MANY, MANY, MANY hours and 3 unsuccessful tries, I called it quits.
I was frustrated, angry and disappointed that my sewing efforts did not pay off.
Rather than invest more time into something I’m CLEARLY not skilled at, I decided to sell the set “AS-IS” and let the proud new owner stylize the backs.
THE SET SOLD WITHIN 24 HOURS OF POSTING IT!
So here’s my lesson ~ 😉
In history, all the GREATEST business minds have worked on developing their strengths and knowing their weaknesses.
A great example – Henry Ford. He was well aware he was challenged in some areas. To build the Ford Motor Co. to it’s fullest potential, he hired individuals with very specific skill sets to help him build his empire.
Now obviously I’m no Henry Ford… but I did learn something from this experience. Arm me with an upholstery gun, a hammer, or painting tools and I’m good to go. Sit me in front of a sewing machine and the fun stops there. I shouldn’t have stressed and wasted SO much time on something I wasn’t enjoying when I could have applied my skills elsewhere. Sourcing tasks out or selling AS-IS is always an option.
We ALL have strengths and weaknesses. This is what makes us interesting individuals! Focus on the things you enjoy. Work on developing your strong points while keeping an open mind and trying new things, but NEVER beat yourself up for making an effort!
Life’s an adventure… so be patient and kind to yourself while enjoying the ride!