Not the Sharpest Tool.

by David Stewart (other articles by David Stewart)

There was a time, not too long ago, when I thought I had to do everything. I thought that in order to succeed I needed to be an expert in every field. The let down to this theory was the blinding realisation that I am simply not that smart. There is no Dr Sheldon Cooper genius neural activity going on in my skull. The only thing I managed to achieve was to do everything at a mediocre level. This was a major blow to my ego and something I had to come to terms with. I have some excellent skills and abilities but I am far from an expert in everything.

The answer to this problem was very simple. I just had to find creative and smart people in their respective fields and once we had decided to work together I needed to place the trust in them to bring my sometimes chaotic visions to reality. I also found that I had to allow them to take my original thoughts and expand them, grow them to concepts that are way beyond what I was capable of. In essence I had to allow them to be playful and creative with the original ideas and let go of trying to control the end product.

What have the results so far been? Mind-blowing is the only word that describes the utter genius of some of the people I am working with. I have witnessed the creation of websites that set new directions in the aim, target audience and functionality of real estate sites, for sale boards that go beyond anything I could have previously comprehended and office layouts that challenge all the accepted norms of real estate workplaces. Even the humble business card has had a dramatic metamorphosis.

This new way of working with people will be the benchmark on how I go forward. I aim to give smart and creative people the freedom to challenge established conventions and find new and exciting ways to do business. My role will be to simply provide the environment for these people to dream, build and create.

I am so happy that I have realised that I am not that smart because without this knowledge my emerging company would still be limited by what I thought would work and I would have missed out on the development and birth of some truly exciting new innovations.

If you’re the smartest person in the room then you’re in the wrong room. There is a universe of genius in our midst, you just need to know where to find them and give them the freedom to flourish.

28th May, 2014

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