The difference between moderately successful, really successful people and wildly successful people of any level of smartness is their ability to delegate.
Now, you remember when you were in high school. You had to do those stupid group projects. And there you are doing your group project, and they’ve assigned you, Stoney. You know who I’m talking about.
He was in wood shop all day. And he’s in your group. And you’re all gonna get a group grade. And you’re thinking, “Aw man, Stoney is not gonna help us.”
So you look at Stoney, and he’s like, “Hey, Dude man! What do you want me to do for this project?”
You look at Stoney and go, “Stoney, you’re in charge of snacks.”
“Awesome! I’m good with…Doritos good?
“Doritos are great.”
“What kind you want?”
“Stoney, you can check that one out yourself.”
So, you work on your part of the project and Stoney’s part of the project. You put it all together. And the night before, you call Stoney up, and you go, “Hey Stoney, remember tomorrow.”
“Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. Ok, I’ll take a run down to 7-ll. I’ll get Doritos. That’s cool.”
So the next morning, you get there. You’ve done your work. You’ve done Stoney’s work. Ok, Stoney comes in. The Doritos are all half eaten, but he brought them.
You do the presentation. You get a good grade. Stoney gets a good grade. And you’re bitter. And you’ve gone on. You’ve gotten an advanced degrees. You’ve gone on and studied. You’ve worked really hard. And you go back to your 25 year class reunion. And you’re thinking, “I’m pretty successful. I’m pretty good.” Because you’ve done all the work. You’ve done all the heavy lifting.
And there’s Stoney, 25 years later, and Stoney owns 18 lumber yards in 6 states. And you go, “How did that happen?”
And how it happened is Stoney learned to delegate in high school. And he delegated to you.