Combine Your Weaknesses with Your Strengths

Combine Your Weaknesses with Your Strengths

I try to combine my weaknesses with my strengths.

I have two major weaknesses. (Well, actually many more, but this should be a blog post, not a book.) My first weakness is I hate sports. Or more generally, any kind of strenuous activity. A good walk is fine, if not much longer than 2 hours, thank-you.

My second weakness is I sense very little. I’m always caught up in my projects and my own thinking. I rarely notice what goes on around me. If the building was on fire I would be the last to realize it. Briefly.

Now, I know that it’s better to focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses. But that doesn’t mean you should just ignore how you suck!

What works for me is that I combine weaknesses with strengths. For example, I like taking pictures. I’m good at being creative. And I’m good at doing things differently. Oh, and believe I’m a decent writer. (I’ll stop here, to prevent it from becoming yet another book.)

That’s why I regularly set myself the following challenge:

Walk for more than an hour and look for things that catch your eye and take pictures in a way that is creative and different!

With this personal challenge I spend some time working on my physical activity and sensitivity by combining this with creativity and remarkability. And now I’m writing about it too!

These are some pictures I took yesterday during my walk through Brussels:

Weaknesses and Strengths

Weaknesses and Strengths

Weaknesses and Strengths

Weaknesses and Strengths

You can see the entire set here.

What are your weaknesses?

Can you combine them with your strengths?

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  • Bruce Pappas

    I like this concept. I’ve always said to love yourself for your faults (and others for theirs). Almost always a “weakness” is just the flipside of a “strength”. Disturb one; disturb the other.

    I’ve admired your focus on reading and learning. You’re probably able to do that because you are NOT focused on sports.

    What I like about what you wrote is you combine a weakness with a strength that is not the flipside of the weakness. I like the cross-pattern.

    • jurgenappelo

      Thanks! Glad you appreciate it.

  • http://allisonpollard.squarespace.com/ Allison Pollard

    I love the line, “But that doesn’t mean you should just ignore how you suck!” I’ve found that it can be helpful to use tools like StrengthsFinders within a team to understand one another, but it’s not good when it becomes an excuse for someone to not do work outside of their strengths or to do it poorly.

  • Riccardo Bua

    I am a bit old school on this and try to turn weaknesses into strength, I keep telling the story about my personal challenges with public speaking and how becoming a volleyball referee first and a dancer later, helped winning this challenge, with a nice bonus of eventually becoming an actor this late in the game, keep capturing scenery around you, getting great results!:-)

    • jurgenappelo

      Sure, but you can only do that for a few weaknesses. For most of them, not so much. I’ve tried for years to improve my sensitivity. Nothing worked. And there’s no reason in the world for me to turn sports into a strength. I’m not interested.

      • Riccardo Bua

        Did you try Origami classes or some group photo classes, just to stay on your hobby? As sport goes I did ton of it, speaking to people I suspect it all depends on what you are going eventually to like, it takes some perseverance to eventually get used to it, a friend of mine never did any, 3 years ago he started jogging and now he’s doing a couple of full marathons a year and found his partner in the running club, never say never 😉 It requires a lot of self discipline to turn some of those scenarios around, but often the payoff is pretty good, even more then you would expect, lot more 🙂

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