DailyRi 018: Learning To Leverage My Strengths (& Care Less About My Weaknesses)
I USED TO BE HYPERAWARE OF MY WEAKNESSES.
i didn't even know what my strengths were until i took the strengthsfinder 2.0 assessment the summer before my senior year at Michigan. i remember being so excited to celebrate something positive, but also so upset that, prior to that moment, i was so consumed in the things i thought were wrong with me. from then on, i became obsessed with learning more about my strengths, but only as far as they could help me improve on my weaknesses.
although this was certainly a mindset shift for me, i was still super hard on myself & consequently, still channeling my energies in a less than efficient way. i realized that the amount of growth, success, happiness that comes out of honing in on my strengths & de-prioritizing my weaknesses tremendously outweighs the growth, success & happiness that comes out of doing the opposite.
in the past, i had a fomo-esque attitude about ignoring my weaknesses and focusing on my strengths - as if i would lose out on something if i didn't hone my areas of growth, even though i have no interest in those areas at all. i now realize that the only thing i'm losing out on is the time i could have spent honing and leveraging the strengths that actually energize me. i was conforming to the system by ever feeling like i should pour valuable time and energy into things i wasn't good at and had no interest in.
I DON’T REALLY CARE ABOUT IMPROVING ON MOST OF MY WEAKNESSES ANYMORE.
i don't know exactly when the shift happened for me, but at some point in the past several months, i decided that i'm going to pour all of the energy i have into developing my strengths, & only pay attention to those weaknesses that are pivotal in helping me achieve my goals. & even then, if i can delegate a task or two instead of trying to build a skill-base that i don’t care about, why not? there is quite literally not enough time in a day to be a jack of all trades, especially when i couldn’t care less about “trades” like accounting or coding or finance.
this strengths-based approach applies to my perception on grades, my extracurricular involvement, my professional pursuits, as well as my personal life. i’ve pretty much “process-of-eliminated” anything that i don’t consider a strength, so i can properly channel my energies on creating more storytelling spaces like this blog, the podcast, & other creative endeavors i’m up to.
i’m currently taking a course that covers a lot of what’s called strengths-based leadership. in this course, we learn about how much more productive we are when we feel like our “best selves.” this entire blog was created as a commitment to helping me grow into my best self, so you can already imagine how much i’m enjoying this class. i’ll be keeping you posted on some of the cool activities we do, and providing any free resources where necessary.