Stop wasting your time.
From a development standpoint, I spent most of my career focused on working on things that I didn’t do well. Minimizing my “opportunities for development” as we called them, aka my weaknesses. These are things I likely won’t ever be super amazing at. And I spent time on them, which in hindsight wasn't the most productive use of my time.
Leaders and mentors would ask “What are you working on?” and we’d spend time talking about all of the things I’m bad at.
Let’s change the narrative.
Instead, let’s spend our energy focused on the things that we do really well. The things that make us stand out. Those things that we’ll be known for. What are those things for you? Can you articulate them?
My challenge for you is to make a list. Just write them all down – even just the top 5. Now think about where and when you’re working on those things to become even better at them. You’re not? No problem. Start now by making THAT the priority, instead of focusing on minimizing your weaknesses. Your strengths will get you to where you want to go. They will create your legacy. Spend time on that.
Here are mine. What are yours?
- Strategic thinker
- Problem solver