We put a lot of pressure on ourselves as boss babes. We act as if we have to know everything and have it all together all the time. Trying to be superwoman all the time is a drain, isn’t it? We feel that because we are entrepreneurs or business owners that we have to be perfect at all times. We also tend to feel as if we cannot get started in our fields without being an expert in every aspect of it. We don’t have to have a Ph.D. in entrepreneurship to be successful in our businesses or to start pursuing our dreams.
Focusing too much on your weaknesses is the best way to ensure stagnancy. Of course, acknowledging your weaknesses and working on them can make you a better businesswoman and help you grow your business to new heights.
However, you cannot succeed if your mind stays locked on the things you can’t do. We think because of the media and movies that we have to be perfect and that’s not true. Women in business or women who want to be in business tend to critique everything about themselves and convince themselves that they aren’t ready to take the leap because they are not masters in all aspects of their business.
I’ll admit that as a woman, there’s an extra pressure on us to succeed. We have a few more obstacles to jump over than our counterparts, but it is unhealthy to expect perfection as if you are not a human being.
There are so many ways that this type of behavior and thinking is harmful to our future success. Let’s look at some of the biggest ones:
Why You Don’t Have to Know Everything Before You Start Doing Something?
1. If we wait to know everything, we’ll never get started
There is so much to learn in this world and things are forever changing. You’ll never feel ready to begin if you feel like you have to know everything. Online bloggers use things like SEO experts, ghost writers, and graphics creators. These jobs exist because people in the online business don’t know how to do it all and they’ve learned that they don’t have to in order to be successful.
2. The focus on weaknesses causes you to lose your confidence
If you lose confidence in your craft, it can turn into you losing your passion. Confidence in your abilities and talents is key to move forward. We can always be better at something but you have to believe that where you are now is good enough to take you to the next level.
Without that belief, you won’t feel it worth doing because, in your mind, you suck at it.
Studies show that a lot of men and women over thirty who are in a career not related to their passion went in that direction because they gave up due to not feeling they were good enough or that there were too many people out there better than them.
3. Your work will suffer
Negative thoughts affect your work. If you think your work isn’t good enough, it won’t be. The quality of your work will directly match your mindset about it. You went in thinking of yourself as a failure and so that is what you became.
4. If we are ‘experts’ we won’t ask the right kind of questions
Knowing and being okay with not knowing everything opens the door to asking questions to better your business and expand your knowledge. Feeling as if you have to know everything will make you hesitant to ask anything because you don’t want to seem as inexperienced as you feel you are.
There really isn’t any such thing as a stupid question in business. If you want to know something, anything, you have to ask. Acknowledging that you don’t know everything keeps the mind curious instead of hesitant.
5. Trying to be an expert at everything is actually pretty pointless
Successful entrepreneurs have said that they don’t waste their time trying to be experts at everything. That’s why they have a team. Having a team when starting a business is the best way to get things off the ground. Find a group of experts in their own field who know how to do things that you don’t so that your combined skills can create a masterpiece. You can’t do it all on your own anyway, so why are you trying to learn it all on your own?
Studies have shown that it is better to hire someone who is BETTER at you to do things in the business that aren’t your core strengths.
Your time is better spent supervising other experts to sue their skill to help promote your vision. That way you can spend your time working on the things you are an expert at and better those core strengths that you have.
Don’t wait until you have four degrees in writing to begin writing your book. Utilize your strengths and put your best foot forward WHILE working on your weaknesses. Facts are nobody knows everything. There is never too much learning to be done.
There are people who have started businesses that are worth millions of dollars and have never even been to business school.
There are bloggers who haven’t taken a single writing class and are able to do it full time. There are YouTubers who started off not knowing a thing about editing but they had unique ideas and learned how to edit as they went or hired editors.
You will learn all the things you need to in time. The focus should always be on your strengths. If you don’t know how to do something, outsource it. Don’t let your pride get in the way of your business’s success. You can never give anything that power.
I know that we all WANT to be the smartest person in the room, but studies also show that surrounding yourself with people smarter than you is better for your overall self-development and success. In order to succeed you have to do what’s best for your business, not your ego.
The best time to start dominating your goals is right now.
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