You could be the best proofreader in your office. Or the firm’s database IT expert. Or the division’s paperwork perfectionist, confirmation call royalty or the most decorated tax specialist this side of the Mississippi.
And if those are your passions, great. Run with them! Love your work and know you found your calling.
But for the majority of you, I know they’re not.
Proofreading, databases, IT, paperwork, standard calls and tax law. Those things are good, those things are important. But they’re “minors”. In your world, those details can be hired for or outsourced to experts; to people (believe it or not) who are much better than you at them. Those staff people or outsourced partners can major in those minors, giving you freedom.
While you’re a small, lean and growing firm, you take on a lot of tasks. That’s part of the fun and learning experience. We get that. But as you grow in awareness and influence, things have to evolve. I visit with firms grossing half a million, $1 million, $5 million, $10 million+ a year in revenue , and it’s amazing how many are still operating like the good ‘ole start-up days. Is it a lack of vision? An ego thing? A control thing? I’m not a psychologist and don’t play one on TV. I’m not sure.
But as you become more successful,
don’t let the “minor” tasks scare you away from doing “major” work.
Major in the majors. The world needs your contribution there.