Attention perfectionists! I have some unsettling news for you: we’re only human. By being part of the human race we have to understand that we aren’t perfect and we have many, many weaknesses. For example, some of my weaknesses include being shy, being overly paranoid about everything, and feeling extremely lazy on my days off. Some of you don’t like to plan and some of you are overbearing. Trust me, it’s okay. Believe it or not your weaknesses can make you stronger, if and only if, you take advantage of them. That may sound weird to you, but let me explain what I mean.
First, Recognize What Your Weaknesses Are
You know when you watch one of those intervention shows on TV, and the person with the addiction is forced to face the downfalls of his addiction by his family and friends? I want you to pretend that you’re in that situation, except you’re solely focusing on your weaknesses. As weird as it sounds, just being able to recognize what your weaknesses are, is a strength in itself. It’s never a good idea to pretend you’re good at something that you just aren’t actually good at. In the end you’ll look like a liar, and as someone who is incompetent in that particular subject matter. As I said earlier, you don’t have to be great at everything. It would be weird if you were. Recognize what your weaknesses are before you begin to strengthen them. Once you do that, the rest of the process will fall right into place.
Second, Try to Work on Your Weaknesses
In my opinion, your next move should be trying to improve your weaknesses by either educating yourself, practicing, or confronting your fears. I’m not saying that this will take you from a plain old Joe Schmo to Michelangelo overnight, but it might build your weaknesses into minor strengths. For example, one of my weaknesses was not being able to properly execute my creative ideas into actual, physical works of art. Even though I’m still not a great freehand drawer, I can now make my visions using certain software programs. Even though I found somewhat of an alternative fix to this problem, it helped me become efficient in an area I was struggling in. Some of our weaknesses are something that we might not ever be able to improve. For example, I am a lousy public speaker. Even though I’ve tried to improve my public speaking skills, I don’t think I’ll ever get completely used to talking to large crowds of people. This brings me to my next point…
Third, Build a Team of People who compliment Their Strengths with Your Weaknesses
Sometimes there’s not a whole lot you can do when you’ve tried to conquer your weaknesses, and they just won’t budge for you. The last example I used for myself was when it comes to public speaking. I’ve worked at this, but I’m just no good at it. Knowing this I try to team up with people that are fantastic public speakers, but may not be as good at planning out a presentation (which is one of my strengths). My point here is to find other people that exceed at your weaknesses, and team up with them! In return it might just so happen that one of their weaknesses is one of your strengths! Great teams and relationships are successful due to both chemistry and complimenting each other in different areas.
I hope these tips help you in your path to success! Be willing to admit when you need help, and build the best team from there on out!
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Question of the Week:
What would you say is one of your weaknesses?