Strengths and Weaknesses: The good, the bad, and the ugly

The format was the same as a classroom, me, being one of the facilitators, would hand out a worksheet and the students would fill it out. Then we would talk about it. Rinse. Repeat.

This particular workshop however was on “strengths”. What they are and how we can use them when trying to pick our majors. A key part of this is to remember that everyone’s strengths are different, meaning that not everyone is going to have the same results. Think of it as a super-complex personality test, only instead of telling you how you learn or what you love to do, it tells you what you’re good at, intentionally hiding the categories that you scored lowest on.

Now that may seem weird, at least it did to me. I mean, wouldn’t you want to know what you scored lowest on so you can work on making those better? Well that’s exactly why they don’t show you those ones. They believe, and this belief is growing on me, that we succeed as people by growing on our strengths. Instead of focusing on our weaknesses, we should be honing the skills that we already do have.

It makes sense in theory.

So what does that mean?

Well, for example, instead of trying to be a more assertive person, perhaps you should try to embrace your compassionate side and figure out what methods of compassion and “tough love” work best for you.

Another example could be that, if you are so passionate about music, but are completely and utterly tone deaf, you could try using managerial skills and working to help those that are more *ahem* talented in those areas.

So next time you want to look at your weaknesses and think, “how can I improve on that?” maybe instead you could think “how can I take what I am already good at and use that to my advantage?”

There are so many strengths out there, each unique to every individual and I say go and find out what makes you tick because when you do that, then you can not only learn to be happy with what you already have, but you learn to love yourself for who you are.

Thank you all and I hope you have a fantastic weekend! Take care and remember to Always Respond!

-blake lonero

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