Play to Strengths

Everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses. Jeremy Schoemaker is a rockstar in SEO. Darren Rowse is a rockstar in making money online. Erin is a rockstar among women bloggers. Thomas Hawk is a rockstar photographer. Brad Feld (a Lijit investor) is a rockstar VC. Chris Brogan is a rockstar people person. Alex Hillman is a rockstar community man. Jody is a rockstar musician.

I’m telling you, everyone is a rockstar in their own right and no one can take away their strength. As Micah puts it, no one can do your job better than you can.

The problem comes when you are not confident in what you do and you let a different kind of rockstar dictate your behavior.

We’ve all seen it. Someone of stature arrives on the scene and the person who knows the space and environment best gets star struck or intimidated by the presence of the rockstar and suddenly doesn’t know how to behave, act or represent themselves.

Confidence is so important. Confidence is sexy. Confidence displays your rockstarness and communicates that you own the place and people should stick by you. Confidence draws people in and causes them to get lost in YOU.

We all need someone else and no one can do it alone.

For myself, I know I have certain qualities and abilities that command the respect of others. I also know that I need people (such as all the people above, to name a few) to teach me something about their environments. Alex, in fact, was the one who gave me inspiration and motivation, not to mention pointers, on beginning the small co-working community we have here in Maryland.

Thomas taught me (via Scoble) a thing or two about lenses for my camera.

And so on.

Who are you learning from? Who inspires you? What are you teaching others?

(See, Chris Brogan taught me how to end posts with questions ;-) )

5 Replies to “Play to Strengths”

  1. I like the idea behind this post. There are days when I scratch my head and try to figure out what my rockstar talent is (other than putting words together) but it’s a matter of practice and focus, I think.

    Most of the people who are inspiring me these days are included in the following link:

    But I really must add Chris Brogan and Darren Rowse, who you’ve mentioned above.

    I’m trying to teach objectivity, civility, and open-mindedness through example. In a similar vein, I’m also trying to promote good grammar, spelling, and writing. Finally, I want to show the world that big ideas and good work can come from small places.

  2. Boy, there you are, flaunting your friendfeed comments plug-in, and I just tried to install it and have nothing. See? You’re a rockstar tech guy, too. Im’ a decent tech guy, but not a rockstar. Rats.

    Thanks for the kind words, and for the interesting post.

    To answer your question, I learn from a wide variety of peers, and further, I learn from people outside my circle. I posted yesterday about learning from sales blogger Bill Rice. I do that kind of stuff all the time, transfer ideas from one world into mine. That’s probably where I get my most outlandish ideas. : )

  3. The great thing about people is the lessons that we can learn from them (even if they dont think they are teaching).

    I am a firm believer in open ears, open eyes and open mind learning. Sounds like you are coming over to the dark side…

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