Let’s put it straight: you can never get great at things in which you are bad.
We are the nation obsessed with overcoming our weaknesses (and generally focusing on the negative). How many frustrated people!? How much wasted energy!?
I remember how disappointed I felt creating spreadsheets in my first role. No matter how much I tried to improve the skills, I was still bad. Yes, I got marginally better at all those techy things. But, I was still really bad and putting in all that effort for so little gain made me extremely cranky.
And worse, I wasn’t having any fun. Spending every day being reminded of what you are awful at is enough to make anyone depressed.
You could become mediocre when you spend your energy improving your weaknesses, but focusing on strengths only can take people to excellence.
Basically, focusing on improving my weaknesses consumed a lot of my energy, time, and attention from excelling in what I am good: being people-oriented, intuitive and creative . So I searched for roles in which those skills would shine – that way and only that way I would move ahead.
Having done some quick Internet research on this topic, it seems that if companies played to peoples’ strengths rather than their weaknesses, they would make more money. Therefore, this approach is not just good for individual well-being but also for the company.
If you still don’t know what you are good at, think about it …
– What is that you do in which you are so absorbed you lose track of time ?
– What can you do for the whole day that doesn’t end with a headache?
– What comes easily to you or what can you easily pick up?
Successful people play to their strengths. Ask anyone who has found there life passion. They are all playing to their strengths.
So don’t waste your young fabulous years on improving your weaknesses.
Choose the path to an authentic, passionate life by choosing to focus most of your energy on strengthening your strengths.