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Work on Your Strengths, Not Your Weaknesses
Think of something you want to improve about yourself. How would you categorize the thing you chose: Is it a strength or a weakness?In all likelihood, you chose a weakness. A study from 2016 found that we tend to see weaknesses as more changeable than strengths-which means we're more...

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Developing our strengths

Although we usually see our weaknesses as more changeable than our strengths, research shows that we should not focus on improving our weak parts, but to develop our strengths.

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Identifying strengths

Try to see your strengths in relation to what energizes you. Something is a strength if: 

  • it makes you feel successful
  • you're drawn to it
  • it fully engages you

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Ask the people around you

It's difficult for us to see our own strengths, but people around us (friends, coworkers, family members, mentors) will most likely see them clearly.

The goal is to identify things that you w...

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Create a list of your accomplishments

The ones you are most proud of. 

Look at the list and try to identify what every accomplishment says about you. Any of the insights you gather could be your strengths, particul...

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How to Develop Your Strengths

  • Start by taking a class or reading online tutorials. 
  • Think about the constructive criticism you've received.
  • Develop related skills. Learn somet...

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Skill 1 x Skill 2 x Skill 3 = Ability

If you lack a skill, you'll lack ability. If you have a zero anywhere in your equation, no amount of strengths will make up for it.

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The 80/20 approach vs. 10,000 hours rule

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  • The 10,000-hour rule: You can become an expert at something if you spend 10,000 hours of deliberate practice on it. 

To go from zero to 80% (good enough) requires a different approach than that needed to get from 80% - 99% (world-class). The last 20% also requires a different level of commitment. For instance, Stephen King spent 6 - 8 hours daily for ten years before he succeeded as a commercial writer.

The people at the top

The gains disproportionately accrue to people at the topStephen King probably sells more books than the rest of his category combined.

Being good at many things probably means that you are at 80% of your potential in all of them. It is not enough to stand out. 

Pick a very few things to tackle through the 10,000-hour rule and try and reach 99% of your potential in them.

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