To borrow a bit of corporate personnel review vernacular, we all have “areas for improvement.” You’ll never be all things to all people, and you’ll make more progress by developing and playing to your strengths than you will by focusing your energy on eliminating weaknesses. One is a by-product of the other. Ignore your strengths and they’ll atrophy till they are no more than a weakness. As Mark Twain said about literacy, “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”
By developing your strengths, weaknesses ebb on their own. The caveat here is what many define as fatal flaws: those things that hinder the development of your inherent strengths. These might include poor reading skills for a teacher or weak math ability for a budding scientist. Those fall under that ominous “areas for improvement” umbrella, and must be addressed in unison with the ongoing development of your core strengths.
You’ll also do well to remember this: As you hone your strengths, it’s essential to use them to advantage. As example, if you enjoy playing the links and have earned a 3 handicap, don’t get duped into playing a game of mini-golf to decide who buys dinner.
A collection of thoughts, observations, and book excerpts. Every now and again I have a guest blogger chime in as well. Enjoy!