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, written by Jeremy. Read the commentary.

In high-school I got two things: good grades and a growth spurt.

So when I made the basketball team in my Freshman year, I was stuck in the power-forward position. Which was fine – for two years.

By the time I landed in my junior year all my friends were as tall or taller than me. Suddenly I was getting pushed out of the key but lacked the skills to play well out there.

One of my good friends was a monster 6’6 guy. I helped him in school and he helped me clear the area under the hoop. When lumberjacks on the other team pushed me around, he gave them a hard time.

So he and I are riding in the bus one day and I’m moaning about being small and not good. He’s all mellow and listening to me whine. Finally he rolls his eyes and says, “Look Jeremy, I’m big, right? So that’s what I’m using. You’re smart – use that.”

In my last post I encouraged entrepreneurs to leverage their irrational exuberance more heavily. I also wrote about the amazing, rare skill set that makes entrepreneurs exceptional.

Po Peabody offers similar advice here and in his book (from which the article is taken).

Not included in the article, but included in the book, is Po’s surprising statement that entrepreneur’s are B-grade students and managers are A-grade students. Entrepreneurs lack the attention span to climb that last 15% of the mountain.

As a strategy (note it’s not a solution), Po advises entrepreneurs to hire managers that compliment their strengths. And to do this early.

Two points are important:

First, be amazing and make up for it. A giant strength is usually accompanied by a giant weakness. This isn’t a problem though – it’s a reality.

Second, acknowledge your gaps and move to round out the skill set you need by hiring good people early. Waiting too long means using brute force where finesse would suffice.

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