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No. 749 / (Cap)ability

It’s not always about your ability, but capability.

Sure, you could probably do a good job at this particular thing, but is that where your efforts are best spent?

You might have the ability to manage multiple projects at a time, develop reporting, integrate tools and drive adoption, plan the event, organize the meetings, draft the document, run the campaign and analyze the results…but, again, could you do all of those things well enough at the same time to make it worth it?

Everyone has a cap—a mental and emotional threshold of what they can handle. This means that if you want to get ahead—if you want to win—you’ll have to be able to manage your mental load better.

After all, it’s well known that the team that wins an Olympic relay isn’t the fastest at running or swimming—it’s the team that handles the handoffs the best.

The same thing is true for your job. Sometimes, we think that all of these mundane tasks are the things that get in the way of our work when, in fact, they are the work. The sooner you realize this, the quicker you can understand which work you keep and what you hand off or reject altogether.