I want to tell you about my exceptional stapler. It claims to be able to staple together 25 pages with the touch of a finger. It can. In fact, it can staple together 28 pages - I've done it. With no effort. No struggle. No second try. The first time, every time.
I think we can all learn from my stapler. Do one thing well. Except that this is unrealistic for me, at least. In addition to owning a business (okay, two businesses), I am also a mom (to two human babies and one fur baby), wife, and person. I have a lot to do, and delegating isn’t as easy as it sounds. I ask, “Can I outsource it?” And many times, the answer is no. Why? Because, really it’s not a question of “Can I,” but “Should I” given that outsourcing has in the past resulted in a reduction of quality. But remember the stapler!
At some point in history, people were attempting to fasten papers together in wholly unrealistic and inefficient ways. Even iterations past of the lowly stapler resulted in frustration. But this version. The Prodigy Paper Pro. It is good at this one thing. But what if I tried to use it to stir my soup? Would I have a different opinion of it?
And is that what I have become? A stapler being used to stir soup, because I am doing too many things for which I’m not suited? Most of us do this. If you own your own business, then you will find yourself negotiating leases, hooking up your own WiFi, ordering office supplies, making your own coffee, and emptying your own trash. There is a solution to this though- Coworking. Coworking in Cincinnati is here. It started on the coasts somewhere and moved slowing inwards. Now you can have a professional office with no lease and no sweat. That’s like 18 things off of your to do list.