Think Strengths, Not Weaknesses

When I was pregnant, I had a great idea for a nursery project. I would create a series of bead murals that represented the beginnings of life. I sketched a few designs and those turned out well so I selected the beads, bought the frames, a glue gun, and glue sticks. I began.

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Photo by Torley used with permission

Not having previously wielded a glue gun or beads, I lacked some of the fine motor skill required to do the idea much justice.

The finished product looks like a fourth grader created it.

Think strengths, not weaknesses.

It’s one of the six lessons in the book, The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need. In it, author Daniel H. Pink says,

Successful people don’t try too hard to improve what they’re bad at. They capitalize on what they’re good at.”

Bead work, it seems, is not one of my strengths, and according to Pink, is something I should stop doing.

I disagree. Well, maybe not about giving up bead work; however, I won’t stop envisioning new projects.

Because it’s never really about the finished product for me. It’s about being creative, which is one of my strengths. Being able to turn my concept into a reality, despite the fumble fingers and glue gun burns, energizes me.

So I would slightly modify Pink’s lesson: think strengths and things you enjoy, not weaknesses.

If you enjoy doing something, it’s probably closely tied to one of your strengths.

And you should definitely keep working on those.

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How about you? What are you terrible at but still enjoy? How does it tie in with your strengths? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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