Sometimes, especially at small start-ups, wearing many hats is part of gaining experience. Some people are comfortable never fully tapping into their true purpose, settling on being a jack-of-all-trades. But I always encourage members of my team to focus on a specialty.
Because when they do, they become irreplaceable.
When you do recognize your strengths, it becomes your responsibility to ensure you continue to grow them. Investing in your sweet spot is not something you can do once and quit. You have to keep pushing, keep growing, and keep refining.
When you are doing the things you love, you are also delivering the most value. Therefore, continuing to push down on that gas pedal is crucial.
Michael Jordan did not realize his talents on the basketball court and then stopped practicing. Roger Federer did not become great at tennis and consequently stopped investing the time necessary to become even better at it.
When you find your sweet spot, you have to continue to build that resilience, so mediocrity is no longer a word in your vocabulary.
When you are pushing yourself to the best of your ability, experiencing success, and recovering from setbacks, you are more capable of bouncing back faster when you encounter challenges in the future.
Photography by: Howard Chai