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What a weakness is

What a weakness is

  • A weakness is an activity that makes you feel weak. Even if you’re good at it, if it drains you, that’s a weakness.
  • There is a difference between a weakness and a nontalent. A nontalent only became an issue/weakness when your performance depends on tapping into it. Otherwise, you could ignore it for your entire life.


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Why is it a weakness?

Understanding why something is a weakness is essential before making any decisions about what you’re going to do about it. Dig deeper to identify root causes. For example:

  • You lack skills, knowledge, and experience. This can be addressed and remedied.
  • You are afraid. This is more challenging to overcome than simple skill acquisition, but it is possible to push through fear to get to the other side.
  • You are missing the required talent, trait, or capability and will never have it. Trying to address a weakness that has this root cause will only result in frustration and misery.


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Assess the areas a weakness impacts

When you’re considering what to do about a weakness, start with your assessment of how much it matters in your life. Some weaknesses may be harming your professional development. Some may be interfering with achieving happiness in your personal life. But, some issues will mean absolutely nothing to you.

The strategic approach you take with a weakness varies based on how important it is for you, your future, and if something valuable is waiting for you on the other side of it. It’s valuable to work on areas for improvement when it serves you well.


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Manage the weakness

If a weakness is getting in your way, you don’t necessarily have to get better at it. You can leverage different strategies to manage it and make it a nonissue.

  • Restructure your processes to work around the weakness.
  • Set up a support system to help you manage it (e.g., my calendar reminders help me when I get so focused on a task that I might miss a meeting).
  • Hire an assistant to handle that task.
  • If you can, delegate your weakness to someone much better at doing that task.
  • Partner with someone who complements you and balances your strengths and weaknesses.


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“ Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.“



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