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I believe in the saying, "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."
If I want to do great things (and I do), I need a team.
I didn't always believe this. I used to have "superhero" syndrome and wanted to do everything myself. That wasn't a good place to be. I learned that lesson, overcame my ego, and hired a team.
But in doing so, I made a lot of mistakes in what has been a decade-long correction process.
I went from no team to a team of 8 full-time people in little time. Every mistake I made was as a result of following the right advice at the wrong time.
"Delegate! Hire people to do the things you're not good at. Hire people to do the things you don't like to do."
I did that. I followed all of the advice. Only, I missed the biggest part that no one ever spoke about, and it became my downfall.
Here's the problem: the advice about building a team comes from people who have built a team and forgotten what it's like to not have a team. As a result, all of the advice becomes about the how instead of about the when—which is actually the single MOST important part of the equation for the solo entrepreneur. It's just that the people giving advice about teams are so far removed from having no team, they've forgotten what it's like and thus can't give the right contextual advice.
That's what we cover in today's episode.