Albert Einstein once said, ‘Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.’ Common human behavior shows that people want to succeed but very few people want to succeed in doing something very specific. Most people have something or the other in which they are good, for which they feel passion, in which they can excel. Finding that first is preferable to working on something that is not. Success largely depends on:
_ How good you are at something
_ How passionate you are about it
_ How much you can increase your expertise and skill in it
If the answer to all these three questions is the same, then you know what you should do. Anything else you do other than that, will be a compromise. In your organization too, in smaller things, you should focus more on your core strengths and play to them rather than try something at which you are not good. If you want to build something different, first get good at it. For example: The bars given below depict the scope of Jack’s and Tom’s work. The point here is their level of achievement. Both of them have completed the same amount of work in the same time. But Jack is at 95 per cent achievement while Tom is at 50 per cent. Success is not which battle you fight; it is how well you do in that fight.
If you are not fighting the right battles, then you are wasting time, energy and money fighting the wrong battles.
Written by Rudrajeet Desai