No one’s perfect, but that’s a part of life we should all embrace and take in our stride.
When I was growing up, I was surrounded by my overly competitive brothers.
The constant rivalry to outdo each other, whether it was on the football field, the basketball court, or in school, was always there and it was a constant battle. We were always taught to play to our strengths and show no weakness.
Obviously, if you’re playing sport you really don’t want to let the other team or your rivals see your playing cards, and similarly, in business, you don’t always want other people to know what you’re good or bad at.
Having both strengths and weaknesses is a fact of modern life.
Everyone has them, and having weaknesses is not necessarily a bad thing!
Subconsciously, every human will gravitate towards their strengths. It’s just a fact of life! Why would you paint with your left hand if you can produce a Picasso with your right?
But it is just as important to focus on our weaknesses, as it is to thrive on what we’re good at. If we don’t identify our weaknesses, how do we grow as people? How do we overcome the obstacles that prevent us from achieving our goals?
Here are four vital points to remember when you next come across a problem you’re struggling to solve.
Having a weakness isn’t the end of the world.
It’s actually, weirdly, a very good thing.
Weaknesses are an important part of human growth. The more you understand what you’re good and bad at, the more you’ll either strive to better yourself and learn new skills or delegate and outsource your problems to those who can help you.
This means you won’t leave yourself stuck trying to overcome a tricky conundrum.
The first key takeaway is to not to get caught up in having a weakness. We all have them and you don’t have to be good at everything, particularly when it comes to working in the real estate industry.
“In the course of American history, great steps are taken by ordinary people, and ordinary people are not perfect.” – Tommy Lee Jones.
No one is perfect and that’s normal.
Secondly, don’t be afraid to get help!
Building an Empire is all about delegation.
Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson didn’t know anything about air travel, trains, or space rockets before he built his Virgin empire. He was just a savvy record collector, who was smart enough to outsource jobs to those who had more technical experience working in these different industry sectors. Branson knew his strength was managing and building businesses.
And similarly, he also knew what he wasn’t good at, and hired the right people to do those jobs for him and since then has made a ton of money. Simple!
There’s always someone else out there who can solve the problem you’re facing. Put it this way, if you don’t delegate certain issues to other people, who might be specialists in that field, you’ll get left behind by everyone else who has efficiently outsourced their issue to someone who could help them.
There is nothing wrong with understanding what you’re bad at, as once you understand what you’re not great at, you can move forward and strive to reach your goals faster by delegating out your problems.
And as Branson says, surround yourself with good people with those qualities that can help you achieve those goals.
“Look for people who understand your passion, want to add to your ideas, and can envision ways to make improvements” – Sir Richard Branson.
Believe it can be done. Your perspective will always drive your performance, no matter what you’re doing.
If your outlook is negative, or you feel a certain activity to be futile, you’ll struggle to drive at what you need to do to achieve your end goal.
But to be successful in life, believe in the process, believe in what you’re doing, and above all don’t think your weaknesses are a negative that are holding you back.
Identify, maintain, and assess your goals.
Perhaps one of the most important parts of overcoming your weaknesses is understanding your goals first.
Identifying your goals, looking at what has stopped you from achieving them in the past, and understanding what might stop you from achieving them in the future is a vital part of understanding your weaknesses and how you can get around them.
Plus thriving on your strengths can also help you achieve your goals, so don’t always focus on the road bumps that could get in the way, look at how your strengths can get you from A to B.
Roles within the multifamily real estate.
Ultimately you should always surround yourself with other people who can help you achieve your goals.
Within the real estate industry, there are a ton of roles you can take up, from being a capital raiser, a sponsor, or even an asset manager.
Each role has a different skill, for example, a capital raiser is a highly sociable person who builds relationships with others to bring in new investors. An asset manager, on the other hand, might have a different suite of skills, tailored to managing property and investments.
One person’s not going to be able to do everything though, that’s for certain.
And on that basis, we shouldn’t be afraid to be bad at something. There are certain things that we’re never going to be good at. But if we don’t talk to others and utilize them, then we’ll never be able to get around these weaknesses.
Thrive in your strengths and don’t be afraid to talk about your weaknesses. Learn to delegate your weaknesses to others and you’ll find it a lot easier to jump the hurdles in front you to reach your goals.