In 2007, I engaged Andy Fleming, a business coach/therapist/guru/sage/seeker/learner to help me carry my game to the next level. I learned a great deal working with Andy, and I reflect on one of his lessons almost daily.
Andy can’t talk without reinforcing his points by sketching in his note pad, and I clearly remember the first time he shared with me a Venn diagram similar to the one above: three circles, each containing a question.
What are you good at?
What do you enjoy?
What needs doing?
I try to spend a healthy amount of time where those three circles overlap. Clearly, 100% of my time doesn’t make it into the sweet spot. Today, as an example, I paid taxes. I also invest a lot of time in getting better at things that need doing, which I find to be an enjoyable exercise.