What Are You Uniquely Good At?

Key Takeaways

  • If we have a lot of time on our hands, we tend to fill it with work we shouldn’t really be attempting to do ourselves.
  • The Strategic Coach® Program has a concept called Unique Ability® that says you should be filling your time doing whatever you are uniquely good at, and nothing else, because otherwise, you are just wasting your time.
  • If you focus your time on doing what you are uniquely good at, you end up doing things quickly, efficiently, effectively, and you end up getting something of substance done.

Remember Andy Rooney from 60 Minutes? He once said, “The less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.” I have to agree with him.

I find that when I have more time, I end up filling that time with work I really shouldn’t be doing, because I’m just not good at some things.

There’s a concept called Unique Ability®* through the Strategic Coach® Program and it basically says that you should be doing your unique ability all day long and nothing else, because the other activities you are doing, you may be competent at but are most likely incompetent at. In fact, most everything that I might be doing during the day, I’m incompetent at.

I think oftentimes, we try to go from being incompetent, to competent, to excellence…and it just doesn’t work. It’s that whole school idea of getting straight A’s and excelling in these really deep and narrow subject areas that you just memorize and then forget, and that’s not the real world. In the real world, you are good at a few things, and everything else, you just aren’t.

When we really cut our time down, it focuses us to just do what we are really good at. We end up doing it quickly, efficiently, and effectively. Ultimately, we end up getting something of substance done. That then allows us to do other things we want to do, whatever that happens to be, and enjoy life the way we want because we aren’t wasting our time on things we aren’t good at.

I like this, and I try to adhere to it myself, but I still have times where I try to do things I’m incompetent at. And I know when I am doing things I am incompetent at because everyone around me turns stupid! It’s funny to say, but that’s how I know I am doing something I shouldn’t be.

Until next time, enjoy.


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Gary Klaben is in our Glenview, IL office and serves our clients who are now located all over the country. He has over 30 years of experience and is the author of Changing the Conversation, Wealth of Everything and co-author of The Business BattlefieldWhether advising his clients, mentoring his team, or coaching entrepreneurs, he is always simplifying complexity and motivating others to take the next action that’s right for them.
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