There are three ways to get things done:

  1. Do it yourself (DIY)
  2. Do it through other people (Management)
  3. Sell an idea and get people to recruit others out of their own volition to get the job done (Leadership)

The implications of this model are as follows:

  • If you do things yourself, you will produce great quality (according to you) but soon realise that there’s only so much you can do.
  • If you get things done through other people you will break through the 24-hour barrier, and in turn get a lot more done.  However, you will only ever achieve what you have conceived of in your own mind.
  • If you sell an idea that’s strong enough for people to recruit one another in pursuit of achieving its promise, you will lose control of the process.  However, you will end up achieving a lot more than you ever thought possible.  This method requires letting go.

Not every dream requires leadership; not every challenge requires management; and not every task requires you to do it yourself.  For this reason, I think figuring out what to do yourself, what to do through other people and what to do through leadership is an art that, if mastered, can help you get anything done.