By Candis Meredith
If you haven’t already figured it out, I’m a pretty take-charge kind of person. If I really want something, I’ll find a way to make it work, and you can see that in a lot of the projects that Andy and I have taken on. If I see a beautiful house that’s facing demolition, I’ll find a way to get the funding and make the time to renovate it.
As great as my go-getter attitude has always been, it used to get me in trouble with my work because I didn’t know how to delegate. As we’ve built Renovation Revenue, I’ve had to learn to let go of some projects and see when it’s best to let someone else take care of the details while I work as general contractor to oversee the whole process. Believe it or not, though, it’s not our real estate business that’s taught me how to do this—it’s our family.
Finding Meaningful Work for Our Boys
As our sons have gotten older, they’ve all taken an interest in our work, and it’s been really great seeing them start to take on more responsibility. For them to do that, though, I had to figure out what I could let them do in the first place. I’ve had to find meaningful, age-appropriate work for each of our sons.
“Leave Me Alone, Mom—I Can Do It!”
Once either Andy or I showed the boys how to do the projects I’d set aside for them, I had to step back and let them do the work themselves. If I didn’t, they wouldn’t learn anything, and I’d be tied up in sanding, demolition, painting, and other tasks instead of focusing on my own job. Plus, once you’ve shown one of my boys how to do something, he won’t put up with you trying to do it for him.
Micromanaging Is a Waste of Time
I’ve found that our sons do better work when we give them the freedom to do the jobs we assign to them. Yes, Andy and I do have to keep an eye on them with some projects and make sure that they’re safe and that they’re not goofing off when they should be working. We’ve found, though, that the less we micromanage, the better they do, and the more we get done, too.
Sometimes I Have to Focus on Just One Thing
Whether it’s feeding our daughter, taking care of one of our sons when he falls down and gets hurt, or talking with a contractor, there are times when I can’t do it all and I just have to focus on one thing at a time. Having a large family has taught me how to focus on that one thing while letting Andy, the boys, and our contractors focus on the rest. It doesn’t pay to be scattered across five different tasks when you really just need to do one, and raising seven beautiful children has helped me learn to let go and give my attention to the most important tasks.
These are just a few of the ways that our family has taught me to delegate more effectively. Having a big family definitely has its challenges, but along with all the joys of raising our kids together, Andy and I have also gained some pretty crucial experience for our business.