UnBalanced Balance

Balance is a misunderstood tactic and strategy that my mentors taught me to define the way successful men always have. In turn, I pass it on to who I am guiding towards success. On its surface, it’s perceived as the need to be “well rounded” or even worse, a “Jack of All Trades and Master of None”.

Balance is not achieved by trying to become proficient in everything. Balance is honing a specific, definable, contemporarily relevant skill until it is razor-sharp. Then, using that skill to cut through every obstacle.

The skill itself is sometimes composed of several small moving components, but they are not separate crafts.

Though pretentious, I’ll use myself as an example.

I am well versed in English because my parents and grandmother never allowed me to take being a native English speaker, born in Niagara Falls, New York, as evidence of my being able to use the language the way it was intended.

Early in life, my mother, father, and grandmother introduced me to Poetry and Literature. At the same time, discipline was immediate and *severe for using any words, phrases, or even speech patterns that were not Correct English!

That environment helped nurture me into becoming a Public Speaker when I was still a child.

Now, I’ve built my career around it because, after learning how to teach Academic and Business English to clients, I became someone they forwarded texts to in order to edit and proofread for content. After focusing on learning how to apply English Skills for my client’s writings, I added it to my resume and expanded my list of services offered to include: Editing, Copyrighting, and Proofreading.

The difference in the correction of English with a client that I am guiding through questions he needs to answer, when defending a Ph. D. Thesis, and the 50,000 words thesis he wrote, is negligible at best.

I made all my clients aware of how I expanded the range of what I can do for them, and made it a point to ask them to introduce me to someone who may need what I do.

Business more than doubled.

That’s when I doubled down and began diving even deeper into my craft with no diversification! I refined my writing, and studied MOOC courses on the English Language with the same intensity and tenacity I pushed forward with when studying BitCoin and Cryptocurrency!

In very short order, I was editing Books, Magazines, Students Writings, Websites, and Blog Posts nearly every day.

It wasn’t long before I became so familiar with my clients writing style, that I could write in their voices.

A Ghost Writer was born!

Now, I Ghost Write anonymously for people who have great ideas, but not enough time to write about them, as well as providing services for Professional Business English Coaching, Editing, Copyrighting, and Proofreading.

 I have one skill: the English Language.

*No, I do not believe in Corporal Punishment for children. Yes, I understand why they used it.

That’s another topic for another writing.

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  1. Anonymous

    A great article!
    Two immediate thoughts.
    1. How anyone can become a master of a skill and experience the inner and outer respect that this generates.
    2. How when a person possesses such master ship, it automatically translates into respect for others who have strove to rise above the mediocre and mundane.


    • YusefWateef

        To answer your first question.

      “How anyone can become a master of a skill and experience the inner and outer respect that this generates?”

      Inner respect is all that matters. There is no external enemy. Once you master or become competent at a skill through your own hard work you will respect yourself. Others will follow as a natural consequence.

        To answer your second question.

      “How when a person possesses such mastership, it automatically translates into respect for others who have strove to rise above the mediocre and mundane?”

      Authenticity recognizes itself in others. No fanfare or advertisements needed. People who have risen above mediocrity are rare, that’s why we seek each other out and enjoy pooling resources, ideas, and information.

      I wrote a very relevant piece here about avoiding mediocrity!


  2. p. ray

    I only got a chance to see this now. True words. Studying Buddhism, the idea of Balance is brought up a lot, but I take it in the form of interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships. When it comes to getting out there and “making a living” one should really hone in on their top skill and see where it can lead them. Depending on the skill, they can certainly branch out to other areas. I am a pretty good communicator, and that has led to theatre work, writing work, music work, teaching work and etc. Know your strength and make it your “strengths” sort of speak.

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  3. Craig Washington

    Great topic. The biggest barrier to progress is finding ones “gift” and honing it properly. Achieving balance is also a dead-on soft skill-set. Early in my former carreer I considered myself a “front-line” supervisor type. I still am, but one of my biggest issues was the art of delegation. I’d become a micromanager. Concerning balance, my mentor advised that: Good managers needn’t be experts in everything and empower your people to become subject experts. This in turn allowed me to achieve “balance” in regards to becoming a better leader. Continuously honing one’s skill-set should be a continuous process, especially if one wants to remain competitive. Unbalanced-balance, as awkward as it sounds, fits perfectly.

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    • YusefWateef

      One of the hardest things I had to learn as my career advanced was learning what I could and could not safely delegate. As an entrepreneur, it’s hard to trust anyone to manage anything because I was accustomed to managing everything myself!


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