The Success Trinity | Which role will lead you to success? / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

 by: Grayson Leverenz

I often profess my love for as listening to business books has become one of my favorite pastimes. After finishing “The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It” by Michael E. Gerber, I can’t stop thinking about one of the themes of the book, the Success Trinity. Gerber doesn’t actually call it that, but I think it’s cool.

He says it takes three players to create a successful business: the Entrepreneur, the Manager, and the Technician. The Entrepreneur is the big picture person. They live in the future dreaming about possibilities. The Manager takes the Entrepreneur’s vision, and breaks it down into doable systems. They live in the past, examining what works and how they can make it better. Then, technicians actually do the work. They live in the present, running the systems to realize the vision.

Think about that, and think about how you like to work.

I love to dream; my husband says I can take any idea and see how to turn it into a business. I also love to create systems, and derive immense satisfaction from creating solid checklists. I do not, however, like to do the work. I get so bored so quickly.

Realizing this has been life changing for me. As the only employee of my business, I have to be all three parts of the Trinity. I’ve started telling myself, “Be the Technician for 2 hours. Accomplish x, y, and z, and you can go back to dreaming and creating systems.” And it works!

What about you? How do you like to work?


Author: Grayson Leverenz

Grayson Leverenz founded MBA in the USA® to help international students build networks, find jobs, and have fun in the USA. Hundreds of global professionals have benefited from Grayson’s intercultural workshops, and she has worked with people from Brazil, China, India, South Africa, South Korea, the UK, and the USA to build effective virtual teams and craft brilliant careers.

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  1. I am more of a technician and am certainly not bored of it, but i won’t mind wearing the entrepreneur’s cap some time.. 🙂

  2. Thanks for your comment, Pankaj! It’s great to hear that you like your current role, AND are thinking about putting on another cap one day. Best of luck to you!

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