IS IT BETTER TO work on your weaknesses, or to focus on developing your strengths?
When you’re working on your weaknesses, it is like staggering through half-set concrete. Dirty. Agonising. Demoralising.
I’ve personally found that my weaknesses are so huge, gaping and embarrassing. For example, I’m so locationally dyslexic that sometimes I get lost after I go to the toilet during a seminar and can’t re-find the seminar room. Once I left the ladies room, then walked completely into the gents toilet by mistake!
For me to change this would take a herculean effort, in an area that isn’t my skill-set. It would require me to take my focus out of my area of genius (which happens to be in my areas of strength). I’ve found that it’s better for me not to work on those weaknesses.
I work on my strengths and make those shine brightly.
For my weaknesses, I aim to get help. I try to ‘staff’ around my shortcomings (e.g. now, I rarely go to the toilet alone at a seminar. I bring a ‘sherpa’ with me to find my way back if it’s a new location… which seems really friendly to another woman, but now the secret’s out. You and I know WHY I do this.)
So maybe… just maybe, you can shine so brightly with your strengths that you can simply ignore your weaknesses altogether.