IT IS USELESS TO STRESS OVER WEAKNESSES

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Education & Training with Performance Development Strategies

Why do you want to spend all your time improving your weaknesses? Even if you attempt to do it you will never be fully satisfied, and you will be in a constant state of stress. You will be so much more productive if you are able to know your strengths. In most cases you like what you do well. So why are people beating themselves up trying to improve their weaknesses. It does not have a lasting effect in most cases. So why do you do it? And why do organizations make cooks out of mechanics?

Here is another example. When your child comes home from school with his or her report card and it shows, for example, an A in math, B in history, and a C in English, what is your response?

I think most people will talk to their child about raising the grade in English. But what if your child might have a real talent in math? He or she might become a great math genius. But it might never be realized because time was spent dwelling on weakness rather than leveraging strengths.

To put it another way, we have talents and non-talents. We can create strengths by leveraging our talents. When we spend time doing leveraging our talents, we are insuring our success and we are relaxed and enjoy what we are doing. We create our weaknesses by depending on non-talents. Here is an example.

Let’s say that you have non-talent for writing reports, attention to detail, and perfection. You would rather be working with people. If your role requires you to work with details, you are going to struggle and if you are a business owner you would do better to hire someone to take care of those details. If you have a talent for big picture 30-thousand-foot strategic thinking, where you plan and organize you will be infinitely more successful in your job or your business if you leverage that talent to maximize results. Do you know what your talents are?

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One way to make sure that you are leveraging your talents is by taking a personal assessment tool. I use one but there are others out there. But whether you do this or not you will see great improvement in performance and satisfaction by understanding your attitudes, your behaviors, and, in short, your genius. This awareness will also allow you to better understand how people see you and help you improve your relationships and dealings with others. As you achieve a better understanding of your strengths, it is important to realize that no matter how developed you are in these areas, there is always room for improvement. Further developing your strengths, and using them more often, will make them even more valuable and help you be more successful.

So, first, identify your strengths and then work to strengthen and make them more valuable. You will achieve better outcomes, experience more enjoyment, and achieve more success.  To see a similar post on our website and to take the complimentary assessment go to STOP WORKING ON YOUR WEAKNESSES.

 

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Comments (32)

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Grant I've said often and for years......life/business is like playing golf.  Your strength and weakness show up and it's all on how you perceive it and what you do about it.  Handle it well and know you'll hit the next shot perfectly or....focus on you weakness?  Not such an easy choice for many and that goes for the top notch golfers as well!!

 

Love your post!!

May 17, 2021 09:33 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

George - oh wow, thank you for that.

Ed - yes, I think that I can be that point years ago too.

Anna - that's right.  Don't step up to the tee and say, Now watch me miss this!

May 18, 2021 03:32 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker

Keep your head down!  Don't look to see where the ball is going :) focus on the right stuff!!

May 18, 2021 10:20 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Tuesday morning, Grant.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

We have a sunny day in Maryland and I have some yard work to finish.

May 18, 2021 04:02 AM
Edward Gilmartin
CRE - Boston, MA

If your weaknesses are hurting your business you have to work on improving them

May 18, 2021 04:05 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Good morning Grant. I love the idea of using our strengths, and not spending too much time on our weaknesses. 

May 18, 2021 05:06 AM
Paula McDonald, Ph.D.
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

A great message for all. We must remain balanced and recognize the areas we need to strengthen. It's ok to recognize the areas that need work.

May 18, 2021 05:40 AM
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I remember in my corporate life, the 6 month evaluation was focusing on the weaknesses to build stronger. It took way more efffort than it was worth and I don't think I ever improved on my weaknesses.

May 18, 2021 06:33 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Grant and thanks for the excellent blog to share with us here in the Rain.  We all have weaknesses that we can work on

 

May 18, 2021 07:42 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Grant Schneider  So very well said - Beautiful in fact -So glad this was FEATURED 

May 18, 2021 09:34 AM
Laura Cerrano

It's always better when we can rely on others to improve ourselves or to lean on when we're not that strong Hannah Williams 

May 18, 2021 04:24 PM
CANDACE (Candy) STEVENS, EA
Number Cruncher LLC - Overton, NV
Helping Taxpayers Resolve IRS problems

Great thoughts Grant Schneider.  I'm still learning what my strengths are.  However, I have a few talents I learned by going out of my comfort zone.  They aren't my strength but they definitely have helped me grow into a better business person!  Thank you for sharing1

May 18, 2021 09:38 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I've heard it said that human beings were designed to be social in most aspects. It only makes sense, right

May 18, 2021 04:22 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Lots of great advice here, Grant. I think it's most important to be aware of what your strengths are and play to those in whatever you do, but being aware of those things you are not so good at is OK as long as you don't dwell on it and then spend all your time focused on those weaknesses rather than on what you are good at. Sometimes a reminder such as this post is essential!

Jeff

May 18, 2021 08:01 PM
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH
CRS

Thanks for sharing Grant!!!

As you achieve a better understanding of your strengths, it is important to realize that no matter how developed you are in these areas, there is always room for improvement. Further developing your strengths, and using them more often, will make them even more valuable and help you be more successful.

May 19, 2021 04:49 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Roy - have a great day.

Edward - one way is to delegate to someone else.

Kat - it makes us much more successful.

Paula - absolutely but don't neglect leveraging the strengths.

Faye - right, instead of really making the strenghts stronger!

Will - don't work too hard.

Hannah - thank you so much.

Laura - so true.  Learn to delegate.

Jeff -  sometimes you also miss the celebrations and wins because you are not focusing on them.

Sham - right on.

 

May 19, 2021 06:50 AM
Erik Hiss
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Worthington, OH
You can trust me for all your real estate needs!

It's super difficult for me to be excited about something when a deal or a client isn't going well. I tried to make everyone comfortable, happy and feel like I am doing a great job. When something is out of whack with something it's hard for me to enjoy the good clients because I'm focused on fixing the bad... Personal problem, I know :)

May 19, 2021 06:59 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Erik - that is ok.  You recognize it and are working on it.

May 19, 2021 07:12 AM
Philip A. Raices
Turn Key Real Estate - Great Neck, NY
1 of the Most Knowledgeable Brokers on the Net!

Hi Grant,

Excellent info that I read on Roy Kelley's blog.

I have never thought of strengths and weaknesses in the way you have conveyed them.  Delegating those things/weaknesses to someone (an admin) to handle obviously will make one more productive instead of putting your efforts into trying to improve something that you truly are not good at or don't like altogether.  It's all about delegation.  That time that you waste on improving could be spent earning more money than it would cost you for an assistant.  The only other challenge is finding a reliable assistant. LOL

May 20, 2021 01:42 PM
Matt Brady
Finance Of America - Del Mar, CA
One of San Diego's Best Lenders

This is also why Realtors are Realtors, inspectors are inspectors and lenders are lenders. It all works best when you find quality people you can trust to stay in their lane.

May 21, 2021 09:14 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Philip - yes exactly correct.  We can get virtual assistants to make thing more efficient too.

Matt - yes, that is absolutely correct.  Excellent thought.

May 23, 2021 06:30 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Grant, my writing is definitely one of my weaknesses, and have tried to improve by writing, but not sure it works.

Jun 17, 2021 05:38 AM