If there’s one thing I’ve learned about myself in 2020, it’s how afraid I’ve been to explore my weaknesses. In the context of work and running a creative business, I understand the importance of leading with my strengths and outsourcing my shortcomings, but what happens when I bring that attitude into every other area of my life? As 2020 continues to unfold, I realize just how important it is to reexamine my weaknesses and not be afraid to engage with what I’ve shoved aside in favor of what comes easily to me. I honestly don’t know what to expect. I do know there’s a richness in this journey when I embrace the contradiction found between strength and weakness.
Quotes mentioned in this episode:
From StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath: “Talent (a natural way of thinking, feeling, or behaving) X Investment (time spent practicing, developing your skills, and building your knowledge base) = Strength (the ability to consistently provide near-perfect performance.”
From The Promise of Paradox: A Celebration of Contradictions in the Christian Life by Parker J. Palmer: “We educate for life on the surface, not life in the depths.”
Ten Things I’ve Learned From the Reexamination of My Weaknesses:
- My ignorance.
- My complacency.
- My comfort and laziness.
- My bias.
- My forgetfulness of where I come from, where I am, and where I’m headed.
- My fear and arrogance.
- The emotions and beliefs that hide in the shadows of my life.
- My lack and need for others.
- My possibility.
- A reminder of how powerful my strengths are.