Sidesourcing The Wheel

Let’s say there are a thousand important Things. There’s probably more, but there have to be at least a thousand. That’s a safe round number. All of these Things are important to me, but I don’t have the time, skill or inclination to have much more than a passing guilt-laden relationship with the overwhelming majority of them. In fact, of the 1k universe of Things, I’m only an expert in (maybe) three. Those three Things are wheelhouse for me. If you need help there, I’m your man.

Music is on my list of Things, but not in my wheelhouse. I don’t have time for it. There have been years in my life where I haven’t listened to much music because I was tired of what I had been listening to and didn’t know what to listen to next. That used to be a problem for me, but not anymore, because I’ve Sidesourced music to @SweeperBoy. Every year he tells me what to listen to. Once he and I drove from Raleigh to Charlotte together and he played 14 seconds of 397 songs for me, just to teach me about percussion. I guess I could reinvent the music wheel, but why should I?

Here are some other Wheels I Sidesource rather than reinvent:

  • Apps to @Sleuth
  • Gear to @OBT
  • Global warming to @BKStarz
  • Beer to @Puppet
  • Workout physiology to @Byron
  • Nutrition to @TigerRag
  • Flowers to @Algernon

Sometimes I tell I guy that he’s got the Wheel on something and he says “really?” Maybe it’s false modesty, or maybe a man can have a Wheel and not know it (or won’t admit it). Do you know anybody like that?

4 Replies to “Sidesourcing The Wheel”

  1. Aye. Sometimes it’s the letting go that can be a surprise to men, I suppose… one of my weaknesses is related to a strength. I have a thirst for learning (strength), which sometimes leads me to think I should figure it out on my own instead of sidesourcing (weakness). Thanks for continued reminders we need not just focus on weaknesses as often as we could simply rely on those who have those strengths.

  2. I love the term sidesource, and I’m going to start using it as if I invented it. This is great.

    Great post; the sidesource dilemma is the big thing that (imho) makes the difference between bad, good and great. Picking those things that should be sidesourced is hard. Really hard. I found a framework (credit to Warren Rustand’s EO MIT leadership academy) that at least points me in the right direction. It breaks life up into 4 categories:

    1) Things at which I am incompetent; I detract from the betterment of the world when attempting to perform. This is most things. Tree surgery, animal husbandry, knife juggling, writing human resources policies. Probably marathoning. Certainly ultramarathoning. I should never ever do these things.

    2) Things at which I am competent; I can do them, but I probably don’t like it and certainly don’t do it as well as many others. Mowing my lawn, teaching my kids math.

    3) Things at which I am excellent; I can do these things really well, but perhaps I hate doing it. Or perhaps I love doing it and passion makes the result good, but I’m not a world-beater. Working out at 5:30AM; building gantt charts; managing projects.

    4) Unique abilities; aka wheelhouse; those things that I both love and am great at. I might have 1 or 2. Maybe. This is what the LBC is to Crotch Rocket.

    The point is, I should most certainly be sidesourcing all of category 1 and as much of category 2 as possible. I probably should sidesource enough of category 3 to make sure that I am spending as much time as possible on category 4, because that’s where I might to bring the most value to the world.

    FBL: I can accomplish so much more through others than by myself — which is of course the gift of F3.

  3. @LittleW taught me the four categories at a time when I was trying to go it alone, and getting nowhere. He convinced me to divide all the Things into the four categories and focus solely on my unique ability, which eventually became what we now call the #Dolphin (I got the name from a @SweeperBoy post about Prince, of all people). So, I guess the Sidesource comes full circle Brother.

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