More often than not we shun our weaknesses because we’ve been told that thinking about them shows a negative attitude and lack of confidence. Rather, we are told to focus on our strengths because doing so will make us more confident and better at our jobs.
But, the truth is, our weaknesses are just as important as our strengths and taking the time to get to know our weaknesses can actually do a lot to help us improve –it’s just all about how you choose to highlight them.
So today, we are going to talk about why you should know your weaknesses and how to get to know them in a constructive manner that will make you a better person. Take a look below:
Why You Should Know Your Weaknesses
It helps you better yourself. First and foremost, knowing your weaknesses is a big step towards improving yourself. By knowing that there are certain aspects about yourself that can and need to be improved, you will have a better understanding of the steps you need to take to conquer them.
It makes you more humble. Believe or not, some of the best leaders out there are the most humble people you’ll meet. By accepting and knowing their weaknesses, they are able to play on the strength of their employees and colleagues, which contributes to the overall success of their team.
It helps with creativity. Louis R. Mobley, the mastermind behind the IMB Executive School, believed that making mistakes and readily accepting them was one of the essential components of cultivating a creative mind. Mobley cites it as one of the six insights he used to build his curriculum for the school.
How to Figure Out Your Weaknesses and Get Better
Be open to criticism. Before shutting someone down for pointing out a mistake you’ve made, think about where they are coming from. Sure, some people might be trying to be nasty and pointing out your weaknesses to get under your skin, but more often than not people are just trying to help. As such, it is up to you to make something constructive out of what they say.
Don’t beat yourself up over them. While it is important to know your weaknesses, you shouldn’t beat yourself up over them. Just remember, everyone has their faults, and the most important thing when it comes to accepting your faults is dealing with them in a positive manner, whether that means improving on them or finding a way to work around them.
Improve or accept them. However, not all weaknesses can be improved upon. As hard as we may try, there are just some things we are better at than others. But as we’ve said before, don’t beat yourself up about it. The fact of the matter is that no one is perfect. Sometimes we just have to accept our weaknesses for what they are and by accepting them we can focus on our strengths, while playing off of other people who excel in the fields we aren’t as good at.
Don’t be afraid of your weaknesses because they actually help you out more than you think. Here at AIM Careerlink, we pride ourselves on trying to enrich the community and workplace environment by helping individuals develop their skills and progress their careers.