Being Honest With Ourselves About Our Strengths And Weaknesses

I write a lot about the need to learn on this site. I believe it is important to push ourselves, learn new things and get out of our comfort zones. I know this because people have always proven they are capable of far more than we give them credit for. A team that doesn't perform very well suddenly finds a way to play their best game and knock off the undefeated team. We all like a good underdog story and I believe there is an underdog in all of us.

On the flip side though, I also believe that each person is made with their own set of unique talents and gifts. We also have our own set of weaknesses and fears. Working together in the right mix is what creates success. The teams you see who are successful generally have a common trait that they are first and foremost a great team. The recognize that having one all-star isn't going to make them successful. They need a team they can surround themselves with that compliment their strengths and cover up for their weaknesses. Michael Jordan and Tom Brady wouldn't have won all the championships they did if they didn't have high quality players around them.

It is okay to not be great at everything. You don't have to be the fastest, the smartest or the best. You won't be. It is okay to be bad at some things. You can be bad at organizational skills, public speaking, driving a forklift or fixing cars. You just need to find the balance. What are the skill level you need at a minimum to get by? You might not know how to fix cars but do you know how to make sure your tires are properly inflated? Know what all those check engine lights mean? Know when you last got an oil change? If you own a car you need to know some basic items at a minimum.

Balance in life. Knowing our strengths and weaknesses. Figuring out how to use our strengths and work around our weaknesses so they don't harm us. It all seems so simple, however being honest with ourselves in those areas is one of the keys to being successful in life.


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