Early on in my life I figured out that if you want something done you are better off just doing it yourself. Sadly, a lot of people are not good for their word and you just don’t know if they will show up.
I have gotten a lot of “stuff” done since then using this approach of not depending on others. But is this the best way to go about accomplishing your goals? Is there a more efficient way to do things? Are two brains really better than one? Today I am going to share, just briefly, some lessons I’ve learned as a do-it-yourselfer.
1. You do not have to be an expert at everything
Do not worry about becoming an expert. Just give 100% at everything you do and know where to turn for answers. Before long people will be turning to you.
2. Know who the experts are in your field
This is key to honing your skills and leveraging other’s expertise.
A great example for me is with websites and search engine rankings. I have worked with SEO (search engine optimization) a lot in the past and I know that it is not a simple black and white affair.
The rules change (thanks to Google most of the time) often. It becomes a full-time job trying to keep up with the criteria that will keep your website ranked at the top of the search engines.
Thankfully, there are people out there who are passionate about the subject. Joost de Valk developed and maintains a WordPress SEO plugin that is just fantastic. When it comes to SEO (and I just happen to be using WordPress) he is the first “expert” I rely on.
3. Know where to turn for answers
This key point is not to be taken lightly. With the Internet (and Google) you have access to the largest library the face of the earth has ever seen.
When I started my career as a computer programmer years ago the Internet was still in it’s infancy and most companies didn’t allow their employees or contractors to use it. So, each gig I went to I would cart 100 lbs worth of technical books. I couldn’t remember everything.. nobody can. Now-a-days you would be hard pressed to find a company that doesn’t have Internet access.
But, having access to the answers doesn’t mean diddly if you don’t know what to ask for.
4. Know what to ask for
This seems simple enough if you are an expert in your field but if you are just starting out you know how much of a struggle it is not knowing what to ask for.
Personally, I don’t remember everything nor do I care to. I know what to ask for and Google (my PA - personal assistant) finds me an answer 99.9% of the time.
You can’t do it all yourself. Know what questions to ask and where to get the answers you need. A lot of the things you need are probably things that can just be plugged right in so leverage the work that others have already invested their time in completing. Know the experts that you can trust. Build your own team of “go-to” people that you can use.
Most importantly, whatever you do, do it with all of your heart, 100%.
Tell me, what experts do you rely on?