My mate Michelle told me a funny story about her kids the other day. Her son is in Year 3 at school and doesn’t get to play football until next year — but he got the opportunity to have a go early.
Because there’s an inter-school local 6-a-side tournament for Year 3 kids happening. So the headmaster asked all the Year 3 kids who wanted to play, and put a team together.
There was no training, no instructions, and no real communication about the match before the big day. It was, after all, pretty informal. Two minutes before their first match, the headmaster gathered all the kids around him and explained the rules.
(No offside rule and rolling subs.)
Then he started allocating positions.
“Who wants to be sub first?” he asked.
“Me! Me! Me!” as all the hands shot up.
“Does anyone know what a sub is?” asked the headmaster.
All hands dropped again.
Michelle was laughing so hard she could barely breathe. She loved it. And I love it too: kids are so enthusiastic about everything.
They didn’t know what they were doing, but they wanted a chance to do it anyway.
It wasn’t a team based on merit and ability, but a team based who wanted to get involved — and there are far worse ways to put teams together.
I’d much rather have someone working for me who has the right attitude: willing to learn, willing to make mistakes, enthusiastic about what we’re doing… than someone with all the technical skills but the wrong attitude.
You can always learn to do something.
Trump is a good example of this. Well, perhaps not a good example, but he put himself forward for a job he’s not just unqualified for, but horrifically unqualified for. And he won.
Richard Branson’s motto is, famously, “screw it, let’s do it!” He says yes to stuff, then learns how to do it later. That’s worked out pretty well for him.
How about you? Running a business is all about having the stones to take risks. To do stuff that might not work. To put yourself out there and risk failure.
It’s a bit of a leap of faith.
But it doesn’t have to be a blind leap of faith — there’s always help to be had.
Vicky Fraser is a copywriter, author, and entrepreneur. She really did run away with the circus… but when she’s not swinging from a trapeze, she’s showing other copywriters and small business owners how to work with better clients, make more money, and stop missing bathtimes, first words, and dinners with angry partners. In fact, she wrote the book on it. Get your copy here.
PS Stick your hand up. Put yourself forward. Invest in yourself and your business. Because if you don’t, you’ll never achieve anything like what you could.