Some things you need to learn to do correctly … some things you need to learn never to do again…

Tim LoweFunny things, Bank Holidays… mine wasn’t quite spent as many seem to be, either stuck in traffic in the rain on a ‘fun’ day out or shopping trip … I wasn’t even presented with a list of ‘little’ DIY jobs that needed my attention at Lowe Towers…  I did, however, have to supervise the repainting of a ceiling in Scotland because it had blood all over it.

You’ll agree, something only very select few would consider ‘normal’ DIY – and whilst I do pride myself on being ready for most things … I’d never really had this on my ‘to do’ list before….

Don’t worry, the whole thing was nowhere near as grisly as it might sound but I will have to leave the ‘full story’ behind it for another time – because the point I’m making here is that when we start something new, we have to be prepared for the fact that things might get a bit more ‘involved’ than we might expect.

To put things back in the more ‘normal’ context of Bank Holiday DIY for a moment – on the face of it, putting up a picture can be as simple as using a hammer to knock in a nail … however some of us will know from bitter experience that a lack of preparation and a bit of bad luck can also mean the process might also include a plumber, an electrician, a visit to A&E and even a divorce lawyer.

Human nature being what it is, an experience like that can make us react in a variety of ways. Two of the most frequent responses will either be to want to try again with a little more attention to preparation and detail … or to be put off completely and never put up a picture again.

It may surprise you to discover that neither of these reactions is necessarily the wrong one. You might think I would be all in favour of persisting until you succeed, shouting ‘once more unto the breach’ and giving it another go … and of course, for the most part, you’d be right.

However, I’ve also learned that there are some things I’m just no good at. In fact, Mrs Lowe (also known to regular readers as ‘She Who Must Be Obeyed’) has a list of them that runs to many volumes … though of course, she can recite them all from memory…

This doesn’t mean I shy away from the things I’m ‘no good at’ completely … it doesn’t mean I’ll entirely avoid a very profitable project because there are elements of it I won’t be able to achieve using just my own skill set … it means I’ll concentrate on what I’m good at – and get other people to do the things I can’t.

Some people think you have to be good at everything to succeed … however I am living proof that you can do reasonably well for yourself by just being good at one or two … but by knowing what those things are and not wasting your time repeatedly trying to do something best left to someone else…

… or to put it another way … some things you need to learn to do correctly, some things you need to  learn never to do again, and knowing which is which is the difference between success and failure.

Until Next Time,

Tim Lowe

Publisher, Tim’s Business Lowe Down

Tim Lowe