Delegation, Dots, Decisions…and DRIVING FORCE
October 2, 2009 § Leave a comment
The other night, it was impressed upon my mind the importance of delegation when it comes to huge projects and goals. I pondered upon that word “delegation” for several hours, thinking that it was the lack of that particular skill that sometimes makes some projects fall short. I reviewed all the things I’ve done in the past and I realized that I actually delegate things quite a bit.
I dug a little deeper and found one important factor that made the lightbulb above my head go bling (with my friend Aly’s help)!!! What’s even more vital than delegation is DRIVING FORCE. Each project, goal or anything that has to deal with ambition requires a driving force behind it to be accomplished properly. Call it whatever you wish – leadership, passion, soul, hunger, motivating factor.
Furthermore, I realized that most people can successfully only be the driving force of one goal at a time….and when I mean goal, I mean something that is an absolutely incredible goal. For instance – Steve Jobs = Apple. Larry Ellison = Oracle. Bill Gates = Microsoft….and at a much smaller scale, Joe Schmoe = Joe Schmoe’s very successful Craw Fish Diner. The magnitude of success is of course determined by that person’s vision, happiness , destiny and resources. We can’t all be a Larry Page of Google. I hope I didn’t contradict myself here…..the term success or incredible is relative. Plus, if there is more than one person involved as the driving force, being united is critical.
I looked at the things I’m working on and was appalled….I mean downright SHOCKED to find out that I’m the driving force behind not one, but 5 major projects. After vomiting for a few minutes…looks like I’m back to the drawing board. I agonizingly and reluctantly let go of some things while assigning the “driving force” title away to others. First, I needed someone with a solid knack of getting things done…a natural from birth, yet someone who is fresh, relatively unproven, very driven and who already believes in the project. Task #1: I asked Dani to be the heart, mind, soul, and face / CEO of beginningfilmmaker.com. If there is a person who can potentially turn coal into diamond, it would be her. Now I need her more than ever to figure that all out. How to make it work? ….. That’s to be determined!!!! But she may have saved me from a potential heart attack.
What I have on my wall is Steve Jobs’ Commencement address given at Stanford University. In essence, what he said is summarized as follows: “…the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it.” He also mentioned that if one looks back at the past, that person can see certain events as dots in their lives. Connect the dots and life becomes miraculous. Everything makes sense.
I already know what I love to do, and that is creating music. I need to give my full dedication and effort to make that work. Me and my talented music partner in crime Wendy Girl are already the driving force(s) behind that goal. We know it, we want it, we are passionate about it, and there’s no way it will not succeed. It’s inevitable. While others, such as Dani, may be at the beginning of the search for that holy grail of passion…..and I know someday significant events will clearly manifest themselves in a big way for talented people like her. And I can’t wait to find out how I’ll be privileged enough to be part of the “dots” in another person’s life.