Years ago, John Chow was in a lecture. “Personal success”. That was the topic. One of the things the speaker said was that you need to pinpoint your weaknesses and then work on fixing them. So that you can become “well-rounded.”
I started to wonder, “Should that really be my approach to personal growth?” Now, there’s something to the whole “work on your weaknesses” idea. Some things you need to fix. But on the whole, I believe that focusing on your weaknesses is a waste of time, energy, opportunity, and happiness.
Forget Your Weaknesses
Rather than trying to be a well-rounded person, I recommend you just do what you’re great at and outsource the weakness. In other words, instead of working on your weakness, find other people to do what you’re weak at.
We try so much to achieve “balance.” What we really need is more imbalance. To focus on the few things we do great, and let the rest fall by the wayside.
Scientists at Gallup did lots of research on this. Their conclusion: the most effective leaders focus on developing strengths instead of fixing weaknesses (in themselves and in others).
An example of how I play to my strengths is MTTB. It gives me the freedom to focus on what I’m good at, which is marketing and lead generation. I’m not good at creating products or doing phone sales, so I let MTTB do that for me.
Maybe you’re not the greatest salesperson in the world. MTTB backs you up with an experienced sales force. They do the selling, and you still make big commissions ($1250, $3300, $5500). That’s how you play to your strengths. So stop trying to be well-rounded. Being a well-rounded person is pointless. Stop trying to fix your weaknesses. What are you great at? Do that and get someone else to do the stuff you’re weak at.