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I’ve never met a successful person who did not build a career on their strengths. It simply does not exist.
No one can perform well by doing something they are bad at.
Sure, you can improve your weaknesses. But it’s not an effective strategy.
So figure out how you perform. Identify your strengths. Then, go to the next step.
“It takes far more energy and work to improve from incompetence to mediocrity than it takes to improve from first-rate performance to excellence.”
This is a tough one. On one side, I believe that we should pursue a career we are passionate about. But on the other side, I think we should NOT do something we’re bad at.
So what should you do if you love something but suck at it? My opinion is to not pursue a career in that field. Treat it like a hobby instead. A lot of people love to make music, but they are not good enough to earn a living. But does that mean you should stop making music? Hell no! Go and jam with your friends — in your spare time.
I know this is somewhat of a limited view. Some people even call it pessimistic. But I see it as realism.
Skills like writing, leadership, personal effectiveness, and persuasion are helpful to all professionals. Whether you are a coder or carpenter, you want to provide value to others. To keep doing that, you need those universal skills.
The earlier you start improving your universal skills, the more likely it is that you will be ready when you get an opportunity.
You might not see any benefits during the first few years. It’s a hard concept to grasp. Because you also don’t want to waste your time.
Just look at all the kids with rich parents who give them everything. Those kids often don’t understand the value of hard work and how hard it is to make a living. There’s no honor in getting a free pass.
There’s nothing more exciting than the rush you get when you get new ideas or when you daydream about the future.
At the same time, when you have no outlook on the future at all, you feel stuck and depressed. Am I right?
and before you go out and say it, I will: “That’s hard!”
You and I both know that a fulfilling career doesn’t come for free. The price is hard work and effort.
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