I’m on a ceaseless quest. This quest it based on a belief about myself and the world:
For everything that I do there is someone somewhere who can do it better.
When I start doing something new my quest is always to find the person who can do it better and hand over the reins as soon as possible.
Where and when I’ve succeeded at that, I’ve succeeded.
I fully believe the maxim that you’ll be most successful when you find and do the things that no one else can do as well – the things that are uniquely you. But if I always believe there is someone who can do everything I do better, and I’m always trying to find them and hand it off, what does that make me uniquely good at?
I don’t really know. Here are two possible answers. One is that at any given time I might be the best person for something. So that’s what I’ll be doing. But that time is limited. In the long run, even though I might be uniquely perfect for something at first, someone else might be better.
The other possible answer is that my most unique and valuable skill is replacing myself.
Maybe I’m best at breaking new ground, getting the basics figured out, identifying nascent talent in someone else, and transitioning things to them so they can blossom in a way no one else – including me – ever could.
Whatever the answer I am totally confident that, given enough time, I can find someone who can do everything I do better. This doesn’t threaten or bother me. It fills me with excitement! Where are they? How can I find them? How soon can I get them catapulted to heights I could never reach? When can I replace myself with someone better?
If you share a similar disposition know you’re not alone. If you know you’re a jack of many trades but master of none don’t fear. That’s its own kind of mastery. At least I hope so. It’s worked pretty well for me so far and I’m having fun.