Have you ever counted how many balls you could juggle in the air?
When I was in junior high school I learned how to juggle during my physical education (PE) class.
First we started practicing juggling with scarfs.
Then I started juggling with two balls.
Then three balls.
After about an hour I could juggle three balls.
It was thrilling.
I was officially a juggler.
I then forgot about juggling.
Until I became a business owner.
The juggling I had learned during junior high school was small potatoes compared to the juggling I performed in the early years of business ownership.
Money was tight so I did everything.
Then I realized something new needed to be done.
So I added a new ball to the mix. Now I had to juggle four balls.
Then my business grew a bit and I had to start juggling five balls.
Then I lost some business, so I had to add another ball to the mix so I could grow my business.
Now I was in the great place where I could juggle six balls.
I had become a master at juggling six balls.
I thought I was so skilled. I thought I was so professional.
Here I was juggling to my little heart’s content.
That’s when I realized that the only people that should be good at juggling are clowns.
I knew I was not a clown and I had no desire to be a clown.
I knew I didn’t have the capacity to juggle seven balls.
If I tried to add one more ball to my juggling mastery, I would start to drop a ball here or there.
I realized that it was just a matter of time and I would start to drop balls even if I didn’t add one more ball to the mix.
Six balls was too many balls for me to juggle.
I realized the only sustainable solution was to reduce the amount of balls that I was juggling.
Yes, I had to juggle more than one ball in my effort to be a successful business owner.
However, I didn’t have to juggle five, six, seven or even God forbid ten balls.
Juggling more than three or four balls was lunacy.
I estimated that juggling four balls would require at least 50% more work than juggling three balls.
I knew eventually some balls were going to drop.
If balls were going to drop, I wanted to decide which ones were going to drop.
That’s when I decided to drop all the balls.
Then I would pick up at most three balls.
That way I would be super good at just the core three things that mattered most.
I knew that I could only focus on a few things.
It made sense that I should only focus on the few things that would be most impactful.
If you become good at juggling more than a few items you are a clown.