I’m a big fan of The E-Myth Revisited, by author Michael E. Gerber. The concept of the book has helped me identify and overcome gaps in my own life.
The book talks about the different roles a small business owner has. Most small businesses start because the owner thinks that he can do something just as well on his own. Whatever his business does, that’s his role as a technician.
But a small business owner has two other roles as well. And forgetting or neglecting these roles is the key reason that most small businesses fail. Those two roles are that of the entrepreneur and the manager.
We spend around 80% of our time being a technician. But if we’re only a technician, it can lead to important gaps in the other two roles, the entrepreneur and the manager.
When I have internal dialogue with myself, I’ve found that I take on all the roles. All three of them show up. For me, the entrepreneur shows up a lot. And really, so does the manager. That means that by default, the technician is showing up less and less. And that’s been eye opening for me.
When my technician doesn’t get in the way, it helps me with the gaps in my business.
First, it helps me identify the gaps in my own business role, simply by having a different perspective. Each of the respective roles can identify the gaps the other roles are having. If you’re a technician 80% of the time, then your manager and entrepreneur should be showing up a lot in your inner dialogue as well.
Second it helps make those gaps easier to overcome. Identifying the gaps is really like shining a light on them. And once you shine a light on something, it’s no longer unknown. It’s now an identified issue, and you can take steps to overcome it.
The gaps you’ve identified are no longer a big deal.