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Article by David Kerpen : How to Turn Your Weaknesses Into Strengths

One of my esteemed colleague forwarded me this article and I found this article immensely useful, so thought of sharing the article here. I have shared the link to the complete article, please do follow the author on Linkedin to benefit from his suggestions 🙂

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We all have weaknesses, and we tend to try to work on eliminating them – on changing ourselves in order to become better. But change is difficult- very difficult. What if instead of trying to eliminate our weaknesses, we embraced them for what they were?

Let us do an activity now. Think about your biggest weaknesses at work and in life. What qualities are you most unhappy about? Of the following list of 16 typical weaknesses, look carefully and choose the three that resonate most with you:

1) Disorganized
2) Inflexible

3) Stubborn

4) Inconsistent

5) Obnoxious

6) Emotionless

7) Shy

8) Irresponsible

9) Boring

10) Unrealistic

11) Negative

12) Intimidating

13) Weak

14) Arrogant

15) Indecisive

16) Impatient
Got your three biggest weaknesses? Great. (Don’t be too depressed, the rest of this activity is more fun). Next, look at the below list, find the same three weaknesses, and look at the traits to the right of each of your three biggest weaknesses:
1) Disorganized —> Creative
2) Inflexible —> Organized

3) Stubborn —> Dedicated

4) Inconsistent —> Flexible

5) Obnoxious —> Enthusiastic

6) Emotionless —> Calm

7) Shy —> Reflective

8) Irresponsible —> Adventurous

9) Boring —> Responsible

10) Unrealistic —> Positive

11) Negative —> Realistic

12) Intimidating —> Assertive

13) Weak —> Humble

14) Arrogant —> Self-Confident

15) Indecisive —> Patient 

16) Impatient —> Passionate
The three qualities to the right of your three weaknesses are all strengths.
Hidden in your weaknesses are your strengths.
Every weakness has a corresponding strength.
The idea here is simple: Instead of trying to change your weaknesses, accept them. Don’t try to fix them – it’s too difficult. Instead, be sure to leverage your associated strengths. You can look to colleagues, direct reports, and even supervisors to fill in the gaps where you are weakest. Don’t be afraid to ask people for help- they can add value where you are weaker. But be sure to embrace your strengths, and build upon them. After all, your strengths (even those disguised as weaknesses) – will get you far in your career, and in life.
Cheers,
Prasanna Rayaprolu
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A fearless Czarina and Shameless optimist who lives life by her own rules

2 thoughts on “Article by David Kerpen : How to Turn Your Weaknesses Into Strengths

  1. Oh this post is awesome – these conversions are a great way of answering the typical interview question: “what are your weaknesses”. Bookmarking it for future reference!

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