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“Don’t just knee-jerk assume you have to get it all done yourself. Where is it appropriate for you to do it yourself, versus getting a super genius, professional specialist, versus just a pretty smart person that can live in any nation and learn it and do it?” – Pete Mockaitis
Despite common misconceptions, it is possible for individuals to reclaim their precious time and stop doing everything in their business themselves, without it having to cost a great deal. But it takes courage to overcome the resistance of letting go of tasks, and today’s Finding Brave guest explains how we can do it with strategic outsourcing. I’m so excited to be discussing this with him today, as overcoming our “perfectionistic overfunctioning” and trying to do everything ourselves and get an A+ in all of it (when in many cases would be better to delegate) is a key topic I address in my new book The Most Powerful You.
Pete Mockaitis is an award-winning trainer and coach who helps professionals perform optimally at work. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, Inc. and more. Pete has delivered 1-on-1 coaching to over 700 leaders hailing from world-class organizations (such as Google, FedEx, Amazon, Apple, Anheuser-Busch, and the United Nations), 50 countries, and every Ivy League university.
He began his career at Bain & Company and currently hosts the How to be Awesome at Your Job podcast. The show has been downloaded over 13,000,000 times and consistently ranks as a top business show in Apple Podcasts.
I got so much valuable information from this conversation with Pete, and what he shares can help you start scaling your business right now. It’s time to stop the overwhelm and exhaustion and start receiving the support you need from others, and have more fun doing work you truly love!
Highlights from this Episode:
- The internal resistance people face in asking for more help, both in their professional and personal lives [6:21]
- What you should, and shouldn’t, consider outsourcing in your own business [10:11]
- How Pete automates certain requests in his own business to reduce the burden on himself [13:05]
- Why he feels so strongly that you have to get clear on your strengths and limitations first [15:36]
- What to do if your budget is limited and you have financial concerns with hiring people to help you [17:31]
- What you can expect in hiring a virtual assistant, and the process Pete uses when bringing on team members to assist him [18:45]
- His motivation to launch his podcast, and then a business helping others with their hiring needs [23:37]
- Pete’s global perspective and ethical considerations when hiring workers located outside of the United States [25:48]
- A simple system you can use when onboarding new people on your team to ensure maximum success for all involved [29:11]
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“When you are accustomed to doing something yourself, it can be challenging to let go and invite someone else to take it on.” [6:52]
“It might just be a lot more sensible for someone else to do it, because they’ll do a better job at a lower price than you hiring yourself to do it.” [16:54]
“You just have to get real about what are your strengths, and what are your limitations.” [15:36]
“You’ve got time and you’ve got money. I think you’ve just got to take a good look at where you are right now.” [17:35]
“That’s the name of the game when you’re hiring. I want to get a sample of what you can do, and maybe even pay for a work sample. I think that’s the key rule.” [35:26]
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