If you’ve ever worried about not having the right strengths and weaknesses, then read on to find out why you should celebrate your strengths and weaknesses, whatever they are.
I’m going to start by stating the blooming obvious. No two people are alike…and that’s an excellent thing!
In the same way, no one has the same fingerprints; no one has the same blend of strengths and weaknesses. As a result, some people are simply good at some things and not as good at others. It’s completely natural.
Besides, can you imagine how suffocating it would be if we were all the same? It would be like having a world full of clones fashioned on what was considered a perfect human. Personally, I’d rather not live in that world.
As Aristotle once wisely said, ‘The whole is greater than the sum of its parts’
And this is particularly relevant when looking at the workplace, particularly at the teams we work in. What I mean by this is that each team member brings a different set of skills. Here are three things that I came up with when thinking about the importance of this. It allows for:
- Creativity when it comes to problem-solving
- Inclusivity of a diverse workforce
- Better decision making
Because if we all had the same opinion, it wouldn’t allow for innovation. And without innovation, we would all be stuck going nowhere.
When you celebrate your strengths and weaknesses, you acknowledge your beautiful, unique contribution to the workplace.
Why Sameness Matters And Holds Us Back
Can you remember when you were younger? Wanting to be part of a gang that you just slotted into? Being as similar as possible is part of the developmental process. Fitting in or sameness matters much more than being unique and set apart.
I remember how at school, each group of friends tended to have similar
- Attitudes to teachers and homework!
Outside of school, the similarities would become more apparent with the types of:
- Clothes worn
- Music listened to
The consequence of this is that the group becomes insular and ultimately will stifle the possibilities of growth. I mean, it’s ok when we are young, not so great as we get older.
But, thankfully, your strengths and weaknesses become evident over time.
After a certain age, it’s important to identify and celebrate your strengths and weaknesses to maximise what comes easily and determine what to do about things that don’t come easily.
As adolescents, we are encouraged to fit in, and that’s why I believe when students first venture into the workplace, it can be difficult to adjust.
A Healthy Blend of Strengths And Weaknesses
We can’t all be wonderful at everything, and we should celebrate our unique combination of strengths and weaknesses. After all, a healthy blend of strengths and weaknesses is absolutely normal.
Some people are comfortable with their weaknesses and have a healthy relationship between their competence and incompetence. But, sadly, many of us experience significant negativity surrounding our weaknesses which can create many problems.
It’s essential to embrace that everyone has strengths and weaknesses and remember why that’s so important.
Stop and think about how diverse the world is. It takes all types of people to keep things going. Yet, because of the unique blend of strengths, commerce, medicine, law, education, and government are possible. Without these vast differences, it would be nearly impossible to carry out the functions of modern-day society.
So be glad you’re not the same as everyone else, celebrate your strengths and weaknesses
The Three Types of Strengths
There are three areas of strength that are building blocks for a wide range of careers, expertise, and leisure pursuits -
- Intellectual strengths
- Physical strengths
- Emotional strengths
Here’s a quick overview of what the three strengths are.
Intellectual strength includes reasoning and problem-solving skills. People with higher intellectual strengths make up a large part of what’s known as the STEM community.
STEM is the acronym for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Physical strength includes health, wellness, and the overall strength of the body. Physical fitness plays an integral part in longevity and life expectancy. Concerning confidence and being successful at work, it can also build resilience when you are physically strong.
Emotional strength includes the ability to regulate mood and manage personal relationships. Having high emotional strengths can compensate for weaknesses by the ability to build and manage important relationships.
Your success at work will rely on the relationships you’re able to create and nurture.
So, while it’s possible to have degrees of strength in each area, some people tend to shine in one area more than others.
Our ability to shine and make a valuable contribution at work is because we are different, and that is why you should celebrate your strengths and weaknesses.
Celebrate Your Strengths And Weaknesses
So, as I’ve hopefully pointed out to you in this article, it’s important to celebrate your unique blend of strengths and weaknesses, whatever they may be.
Think of it as a recipe for macaroni cheese. The main ingredients of pasta, cheese and white sauce are basically the same. However, you might choose a different kind of cheese or add extra ingredients like a caramelised onion. But, seriously, if you haven’t done this before, give it a go; it is totally delicious.
No single recipe is correct, but you have come up with something different by changing the main formula. However, the end result is still lovely.
See the balance of what you do well, co-mingled with what you don’t, as important and completely natural. What you excel at sets you apart at work, and whatever strengths you may lack, someone else shines.
In this way, all the company’s needs are met through a diverse network of skill sets.
This is the reason why you should absolutely celebrate your strengths and weaknesses. There is, after all, only one of you…