How to execute on this quote:
We all can do a few things very well (and it is realistic to acknowledge that strengths come and go over time). You never hear “Master of all trades, failure of none.”
Follow this formula:
Experiment – Fail – Learn – Repeat
When you fail, as we all must, identify and learn from your shortcomings then drive on. When you repeat the process, base your experiments on your strengths.
Strength vs. Weakness. What should you focus on improving?
Let’s dissect this 1 by 1. There is a very important message here.
9 or 90: This speaks to everyone. The Cashier to the CEO. No one is exempt from this methodology.
Stop trying to fix the things you’re bad at: We all have things that come easily to us; from business to art, sales to operations.
If you’re bad at a skill, that is fine. Accept it, and don’t dwell on it.
Focus on the things you’re good at: This is an all chips in deal. If you know you’re really, really good at something, if you focus on that you’ll produce significant results.
You won’t be bogged down realizing you lack the talent at something, rather you’ll build on the momentum of doing something well… and then doing that even better every time you focus on improvement.
Conclusion: It is a typical narrative to fix your weaknesses. While the improvement on mistakes is part of the process of growth, you’ll find that:
-Focusing on mistakes born from your weaknesses (and trying to correct them) at best produces mundane results.
-Focusing on mistakes born from your strengths (and correcting them) will galvanize your efforts to become an all-star.