“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do.” ~ Jim Rohn
One of the key elements to achieving success in any area of your life comes from fostering an attitude of staying humble, grateful and serving others.
If there was one attitude that I have seen destroy a person’s chances of achieving success more than any other it would be the attitude of thinking that you are too good to do certain things.
As an entrepreneur I value my time and I outsource certain tasks that are not my strength to others who are much better than I am at doing those tasks…
However, I don’t have an attitude of “Oh I’m too good to do that” like some people do. Instead I foster an attitude of gratitude for others who help me by doing the things that are not my strength.
For example, my wife and I are both entrepreneurs and in the last few years we have started to outsource our house cleaning to professionals who can do a much better job at it than we can.
My strength doesn’t lie in cleaning my house, so I prefer to hire someone else to do that for me while I focus on the things I AM good at such as making money online.
However, even though I have someone who comes to clean my home, I don’t see myself as “too good” or “above” doing that kind of work.
Instead I am grateful for the work of people who do help me with those tasks, and sometimes I do roll up my sleeve and do some cleaning myself.
In business, there are certain tasks that I outsource or hire out to other people, but once again I don’t have an attitude of thinking that I’m “too good” to do that.
Sometimes when people get into a business, their minds create these rules and labels where they start to think that they are too good to do certain things in that business just because at their last job or business they didn’t have to do those things.
This is a huge mistake.
To be successful you have to look at what is required in your business to achieve success and then find a way to get those things done.
If you can outsource those things that are not your strengths, then do that, but if you don’t have the funds or the means to outsource certain things then just roll up your sleeves and get things done!
Especially in a new business venture, you may need to suck it up and do certain things that you don’t really enjoy doing or would prefer not to do, for a period of time.
One of the reasons that I often see young people get into businesses online and achieve success very quickly is because they’re willing to do whatever it takes to succeed.
This is usually because their current job or the jobs they previously worked are entry level jobs where they had to do everything from dealing with angry customers to cleaning up puke in the bathrooms.
I’ve done my share of that kind of stuff when I used to work at McDonald’s way back in the 1990’s.
Compared to having to put up with doing that kind of work, it’s pretty easy and fun to do any kind of work when working on an online business.
For example, blogging on a regular basis is EASY compared to working at McDonald’s and cleaning up puke in the bathrooms, right?
Now, contrast that with some people who have been working in the corporate world for 20 or 30 years and who have worked their way up to a cushy job where they basically just go to work and put in their 8 hours – mostly surfing the Internet during that whole time – and when those types of people try to start their own business they start to think that they’re too good to do certain things.
Don’t get me wrong, having 20-30 years of real life work experience CAN be a HUGE asset for someone who is starting a brand new business, but only if they approach their entrepreneurial venture with an attitude of being willing to do what it takes to succeed.
Any sense of entitlement, or feeling like you’re “too good” to do certain things will destroy your entrepreneurial chances for success.
You’re not going to have to do things that you don’t enjoy doing forever, but you MAY need to be willing to do certain things for a period of time until you get to the next level in your business.
Be willing to do that.
Be willing to DO whatever it takes to make your business successful.
Don’t let your pride and this sense of “Oh I’m too good to be doing that kind of stuff again…” kill your chances at success.
Have you ever worked with an employee who felt this way about their job? Like they’re too good to do certain things?
Have you ever tried to coach or mentor someone in business who had this type of “Oh I’m too good for this” attitude?
Have you ever found yourself thinking this way?
Leave a comment below and let me know. I’d love to hear your comments on this.