I’m the worst coder on the planet. I have no talent for coding, and reading code is like reading Chinese. I don’t understand that shit.
I’m terrible at Algebra. I don’t have a F’in clue about how to add X, Y or Z. My brain just shuts down into “sleep” mode. I’m weak at Algebra.
I’m no good at being ordered around in a condescending kind of way. I’m no good at being an obedient little puppy dog who MUST do every trick he’s told to do. Or face the consequences.
I’m too independent to take orders from a terrible, disrespectful employer and be told what I can do, can’t do, must do, will do, or am obligated to do. And not having any control whatsoever.
That’s a handful of weaknesses I have, if you can call it that
A handful of things I’m no good at doing and would struggle to be great at in my lifetime.
Not that there’s anything wrong with those things, they’re just wrong for me.
That’s why I don’t focus on my weaknesses. I focus on my strengths.
Caring about your weaknesses is the quickest way to driving your self out of your mind at 100 MPH. That’s suicidal and dumb. And I don’t recommend you do it either.
Here are my 3 reasons to stop giving a eff about your weaknesses.
1. Your weaknesses can’t be improved
I have strengths, and I have weaknesses. I don’t pretend to be able to write a great thesis or doctorate – I have no pretensions in that direction. – Bob Ainsworth
I’m no fan of the word “can’t” but in this case I’ll stick with it.
Weaknesses are no different from flaws and imperfections. They can’t be changed, improved upon or “made” perfect.
Your weaknesses can’t grow into strengths. That’s why they’re weaknesses in the first place.
So why care about your weaknesses at all? Why give a damn about how “terrible” you are at X, Y & Z?
Why complain about how non talented you are at singing? Drawing? Designing? Etc?
If it’s genuinely a weakness, a flaw or imperfection, you’re wasting your time caring about it.
Care about your strengths. That’s the true source of your happiness and can be turned into something spectacular.
2. Your strengths are more important
Success is achieved by developing our strengths, not by eliminating our weaknesses. – Marilyn vos Savant
Muhammad Ali didn’t become a great boxer by accident or miracle. He became a great boxer because that was one of his strengths.
The more he developed that strength, that greater he became. To the point where the world accepted and recognized his greatness.
The same goes for a singer like Katy Perry. Do you seriously think she became great at singing by giving a damn about her weaknesses? No way.
Singing is her thing. So she focused on building that up for 10+ years. Now the result is her success.
Strength is defined by what you’re naturally good at, have potential for, and find easy to do.
Whatever your strength is, put ALL your focus into it. Weaknesses are irrelevant, and only serve to hold you back. As well as distract you from what matters.
3. It’s an unproductive use of your time
Good things happen when you get your priorities straight. – Scott Caan
There are so many talented people across multiple industries. And more than half of them quit because they undervalue their talents, and overvalue their weaknesses.
That’s a terrible use of your time. Instead of wasting time crying about what you’re no good at, focus on what you’re good at.
Focus on areas that have huge potential for growth. And most importantly, get your priorities straight.
Oxygen, food and water is more of a priority than buying a new TV or a watch. Just like developing your strengths is more of a priority than wallowing in your weaknesses.
Don’t waste your time trying to get blood out of a stone because it won’t work. No matter how much you get on your knees, plead, beg and pray for it to happen.
So the summarize this post:
- Your weaknesses can’t be improved.
- Your strengths are more important.
- Focusing on your weaknesses is a waste of time.
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