“Most Americans do not know what their strengths are. When you ask them,
they look at you with a blank stare, or they respond in terms of subject
knowledge, which is the wrong answer.” —Peter Drucker
“To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the
only end of life.” —Baruch Spinoza
Most of us have a poor sense of our talents and strengths. Throughout our
education and careers, there is a lot of attention paid to our weaknesses.
Parents, teachers and managers are all experts in spotting deficits. In fact,
most parents, teachers and managers consider it their responsibility to point
out flaws and try to help us correct them.
We have become experts in our own weaknesses and spend our lives trying to
repair our flaws, while our strengths lie dormant and neglected. The research,
however, is clear: we grow and develop by putting emphasis on our strengths,
rather than trying to correct our deficits.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we
are powerful beyond measure…We ask ourselves, `Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child
of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.” —Marianne Williamson
The most responsible, and the most challenging, thing to do is to face up to
your natural talents. Step up to the potential in your talents and find ways to
develop your strengths. Be true to yourself by becoming more of who you really
The full 1,000-word article includes these important concepts:
The Path to Improvement:
Strengths or Weaknesses?
Why are Weaknesses so Attractive?
Too Close to See?
The Courage to Be Brilliant
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