When will we stop wasting our time?
Updated: Dec 17, 2018
Think about the things you are just naturally good at or certain tasks, jobs, actions that come easily to you. Do you spend a substantial amount of time trying to get better at these things?
Do you spend your time working on the tasks or personality traits that are more of a weakness for you? Personally, I find myself trying to get better at things in life/work/adulting in which I need improvement.
Why do we do this?
"From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to our shortcomings than to our strengths." -Tom Rath
Our entire lives, we have been taught to get better at the talents we lack - spend time correcting our weakness.
You’re not good with numbers but want to be an accountant; spend an hour more than your other subjects studying it every night.
Your 5’6 and 150 lbs soaking wet, but you want to be a professional football player; practice 20 hours a week and hit the weights.
You‘re crushing your sales goal and l o v e being an individual contributor but your VP wants you to manage the team; take a management course and learn how to effectively encourage people.
None of these makes s e n s e because we are fitting our square pegs into circle holes. It's okay that you can't be anything you want.
Now you can dedicate yourself to the thing you were m e a n t to do.
We can be more productive focusing on strengthening our natural born talents. We have a much higher likelihood to become great at something that comes easy to us, then being the underdog and working towards that same level of expertise.
In this specific case, choose the path of l e a s t resistance. You will:
- be more engaged (at work)
- have an excellent quality of life
- be building on who you already are instead of trying to be someone you are not
- increase your satisfaction and happiness
Take action and find your strength zone. Find the job or industry where you were meant to thrive. Your future self will thank you later.