In school I tried to always sign up for subjects I had knowledge in. Why? Because it made me feel great. This was going to be easy I’d tell myself.
But what did your counselors say to you: Take the classes that you were weakest in.
While learning new subjects is a great idea, striving to develop weaknesses can work against you. Conventional wisdom says we should work on improving our weaknesses. To me, it is a missed opportunity.
Imagine what would have happened if Einstein, Chris Evert or Pavarotti had followed that advice. All these people devoted their entire life to develop their natural strengths. As a result, they each were tops in their fields.
Highly successful entrepreneurs, as well as top scientists, athletes, and entertainers throughout history, have achieved greatness by focusing on their areas of strength.
Every, and I do mean everyone, has a natural aptitude for something. We all have a special “Gift”.
Most of the time, we don’t recognize our aptitude.
The truth is that we are all very different. You are able to do something better than I can. And I can do some things better than you.
How do you discover your natural talents? First, write down a list of those things that you do that seem easy for you. These are the things that you can do that seem almost effortless. Often, the tasks that are easy for us are those where we have a special aptitude.
Finally, make a list of all the activities that make you happy. These are the things that make you smile. These are the tasks you would do just for yourself, with no promise of gain, just because they are fun.
Look through the two lists to find the common activities. These are likely to be the areas of your natural aptitude and talent. These are the areas of greatest potential for you. Imagine if you could spend most of your time developing and playing at something that makes you happy and where it is easy for you? Wow.
So, my advice is not to get caught up in the old advice to work on your weaknesses. Hire someone who is good where you are weak. Delegate tasks that you don’t enjoy to others who do enjoy those things.
Automate the repetitious tasks. Hire a Virtual Assistant to do those things for you. If you want the information of who I use as Virtual Assistants, please let me know.
My feeling is that no matter how hard you try, it is unlikely you will ever be more than average in areas where you do not have an aptitude.
Working on developing your natural talents is self-rewarding and motivating and allow you to continually realize higher and higher levels of ability, achievement and success. Invest your time and energy in being great at something really great. You will be happier.
What a great combination. Doing what you love and people paying you for it.
So focus on your strengths.
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