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My wife and I recently moved into our new house. We had a bunch of work done professionaly, but we decided to paint the walls ourselves. *The picture above is not actually us.

I'm a type-A, get-it-done kind of guy, so my approach to painting the house is simply that - get it done. Who cares if lines aren't straight and it's not 100% perfect. At least it's done, right?

Well, my wife is completely opposite. She loves clean lines and is a perfectionist. She's also an artist, so she notices EVERY place I miss.

So after a couple hours of her watching my every brushstroke, we decided we needed to change something.

We decided to paint our portion.

I am great at rolling. I can do an entire room in less than an hour (and make it look good). So she let this bull run and I went to town rolling every single room.

Then she would come behind me and paint all the trim ever so precisely. It took her hours to paint one room, but in the end it was perfect.

We both worked in our strengths and the job got done in great time and it looks great.

We realized something about each other: I’m a trailblazer and she is a path builder. I love to blaze new trails and not care about all the details. I just want to go.

But Jenny is a path builder. She makes it beautiful and pleasant. And what we realized is I, as the trailblazer, have to come first. If she tries to build the path before me or while I’m blazing a trail, we will both get frustrated.

So when it comes to our work life, or even our financial life, we have to paint our portion. Figure out what you love to do and what you do great, then defer to others those things that you are not that great at.


What about you? Have you seen the principle of painting your portion played out in your life?

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