“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.”
There are only 24 hours in any given day. You get to choose how you spend them. Of course, there are certain activities that you must fit into those 24 hours, sleep being one of them. But, in your waking hours, you get to choose how those hours will be spent. So, why not spend them dwelling on your strengths?
Suppose you spend an hour focusing on a weakness. This is one less hour you get to spend on a strength. Opportunity costs is the name this concept goes by. By making one choice, you forgo an opportunity. Therefore, it makes sense to spend the maximum number of hours available on your stronger points.
Sometimes, it does make sense to spend time on weaknesses, especially if you are looking to strengthen them. This will make you better all-round and reduce the disparity between your strong points and your weaker areas.
But, too often, people get hung up on their weaknesses to the point where they obsess. This is not healthy and it will make you lose self-confidence. Everyone has weaknesses. Acknowledge those weaknesses, fix them where you can, but move onto your strengths.
By the same thinking that you can improve upon your weaknesses, you improve even further upon your strengths. This is not always possible, especially when you are already as good as you can get with something. But, for many strengths you possess, you can get even stronger with them.
Strengthening your strengths
Everyone believed Billy Joel was an amazing piano player and then he took time off to get even better. Now, he is insanely good. He decided to do this after he worked with Ray Charles and felt he was inadequate in comparison to Ray.
Another way to focus on your strong points is to hook up with people who are better than you at those strengths. While these people may seem intimidating at first, you will naturally pick up aspects of those strengths just by being with them and trying to emulate what they are doing. Again, think about the Billy Joel/Ray Charles story described earlier.
Sometimes, you can bring old strengths back into the mix. Perhaps you changed careers earlier in life but you come across a situation where your old strengths can serve you. Don’t be afraid to reintroduce those strengths into the new career. You never know just how helpful those skills can be in your current situation. It can also give you a new perspective by using past experiences.
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