Andrew GarrettEntrepreneur and Digital Strategist

Local business owner. . Also: Marketer, Customer Service Nerd, Avid Learner, Husband and Dad.

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I can totally relate to this. I also own a few businesses and I can tell you that the answer is No.

This is a really great question because I think a lot of people are asking it consciously and subconsciously. Unfortunately for a lot of people (myself included at one time) the answer is yes, and it holds them back.

Growing up I was an average student at best. I remember feeling frustrated and demotivated because I couldn't perform as well as my peers. What this resulted in, was me thinking I was stupid and, I had every reason in the world to come to this conclusion because, "the grades didn't lie." Through all of that I found a way to graduate and settled into my first job out of school. I immediately started to identify things like problem-solving, creative thinking, and honesty as things that traditional grading never tested for. I found myself outperforming my peers and quickly realizing that I had fallen prey to a system that valued knowledge over hustle and intuition.

The reality is that to be an entrepreneur your business cannot and should not be fully dependent on you. If there's an area of your business that you don't feel confident in, then you should to find someone who is great at it and learn from them. But I can promise that if you're willing to be coachable and work hard, you be can a successful business owner.

Happy to chat in more depth about my personal experience.

Best wishes to you! The world needs more successful businesses.

Have you ever done an escape room? Our organization has seen a lot of business using these as team building events.

This could be a really fun way to have one of your leaders practice delegating. Escape rooms provide a clear end goal but present lots of obstacles along the way that require a team to work together.

We have seen some of the best leaders excel and flounder through these experiences and they create a fun environment for feedback.

There are certainly tons of ways to develop a leader in the art of delegation but this has been a fun way for us to practice it.

Happy to chat over the phone in more detail if that is of interest.

P.S. Most escape room businesses will let you watch your teams in the control rooms on cameras so you can take notes while they're playing :)

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