You can do anything, but you can’t do everything

A quick post today.  It’s into the high 30’s (that’s approaching 100F for the US) and humid. There’s no A/C. So there’s not much thought going on.  Anyway…

I heard this advice today on the Advanced Selling Podcast.

You can do anything, but you can’t do everything

[As an aside, this podcast can be really interesting even you aren’t involved in sales or don’t ever want to be!  At heart, it’s about communication, understanding people’s needs and motivations, working across organizations, and other topics that I hope to tackle on this blog though from the viewpoint of programming.  But I diverge.]

The quote is medication for the overachiever, or for the micro-manager, or for the developer who won’t let go and accept or solicit the involvement of others.

Having the desire or even the capability to do a set of tasks does not necessarily mean that you should do it yourself.  (Honestly, this is something that I have had to learn more than once.)

For some people, sharing or delegation seems natural but I’m not sure they are the majority.  For the rest, it takes time to learn to recognize when to step back. And it takes discipline to actually step back and involve others.

So when starting something new and big, assess whether you’re going about it the best way.  Should somebody else should take some tasks on? Are we aligned in how we’re accomplishing the overall task.


Andrew H – Psygrammer



One Comment on “You can do anything, but you can’t do everything”

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