There is certainly much validity in focusing on our strengths. They are basically the value we bring to both our personal and business relationships. Focus on them, indeed. However, ignoring our weaknesses — when followed blindly and without context — can be downright dangerous to our potential success!
I believe that our personal weaknesses can be grouped into three main categories:
1. Those that truly do not matter. For example, I’m not good at running long-distances. Since I have no plans to run a marathon, I ignore that one.
2. Those that matter and need to be mitigated. I have a weakness for junk food and have to be very aware; constantly monitoring myself.
3. Those that matter and need to be turned into a strength. An example I’ve mentioned before is that I was a gossiper. That one I worked on until, not only did I overcome it, but am well-known for very rarely saying anything negative about anyone.
Had I not overcome that last one and turned a weakness into a strength, I can guarantee you my level of influence and success in many areas of my life would be much less than it is now.
Benjamin Franklin understood this concept and devised his own Character Improvement program. The difference that made in his life is self-evident.
So, yes, by all means, focus on your strengths. That’s where you will achieve the most.
But, don’t ignore your weaknesses. At least the ones that matter.
Your thoughts on this very-important topic?
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