"If you are capable, but not available, nature will raise a person with lesser ability to replace you soon.” Israelmore Ayivor
Capability is often overrated.
The ability to continue showing up with a great attitude, ready to go, bringing your best spirit possible is invaluable.
We all know a few people like this. They may not be the most talented, but you know what you are going to get from them every time. Their intangibles help create a better environment, and they are always a welcome sight.
Availability is your best ability. But not just showing up. It's showing up to make a difference each time you walk through the doors, on the field, or at home with your family.
It's difficult. It's saying, "how can I help you?" rather than saying "how can you help me?" And it's doing it with enthusiasm.
I'm so fortunate to be around people with this "ability." My business partner, my colleague and right-hand man Cordero Young, the majority of the athletes and clients I work with, and most influential in my life, my wife. All of these people are much better at this than me and inspire me to become better.
Kevin Eastman wrote, "The common thought in all professional sports is that one "bility" is the most important and a key separator for greatness: availability."
Being available crosses every aspect of our lives. It shows character, humility, and willingness to give even when it's not most convenient for you. It's the ultimate team-player.
If you are reading this chances are you're talented. Don't overestimate that talent over the skill to be completely available to those who count on you.