Everyone Has Their Strengths
Telling people, they have varying unique strengths, may sound a little cliché-ish and overused.
However, it’s true and can never be reiterated enough.
It’s a reality that highly successful people have come to understand and affirm in their day-to-day lives.
There may be times when you feel a little incompetent and inept.
But the fact is no one is without unique strengths and abilities that separate them from the masses.
This fact is essential for you to understand as it will help you maximise your inert skills and use them to your advantage.
Strength as a Strength
Let me demonstrate this reality with an analogy.
In this case, that analogy is going to be particularly apt – we’re going to look at strength as being a strength.
I love the story from Aesop’s Fables, The Tortoise and the Hare, where the lesson is slow and steady, wins the race.
The story is about the speedy hare who challenges the slow-moving tortoise to a race.
The tortoise agrees, and the hare takes off like a speeding train leaving the tortoise way behind in his dust.
The hare is so confident he will win the race that he stops and takes a nap.
However, on waking, he sees the tortoise, crawling ‘slow but sure’ over the line to win the race.
Today, being a ‘quick thinker’ is seen as a useful skill; however, that’s not always the case.
There is much wisdom to be gleaned from the slower processing of information – like in the story of the Hare and the Tortoise.
When compared to the tortoise, the hare is physically stronger, faster and more agile… This was a No contest, right?
But it may be that is some ways the tortoise is, stronger, faster and more agile than the hare.
Although the hare has been designed for speed and agility, it’s of no use when you don’t have the right mindset.
The strength of the tortoise, on the other hand, was his unwavering belief in himself.
The hare was proud and boastful and mocked his slower competitor.
The tortoise didn’t wallow in self-pity, thinking he could never be as fast as a hare.
Indeed, he recognised that although his strengths were different from those of his challenger, it didn’t make him less competent.
The tortoise took up the challenge and won.
What This Means
So, what does all this mean from the perspective of strengths as abilities and skills?
Simply put, it means that even when you don’t feel like you have any clear strengths above your colleagues, friends or the average Joe, you probably do.
Even if that strength is something that you’re good at simply because you have such a unique blend of other skills and abilities.
Maybe you’re a little good at a random selection of things.
Perhaps you have some very unique experience when you combine your school career with what you did in your second job.
All of us are a unique melting pot of different skills, experiences, interests and hobbies.
We all have completely unique sets of abilities and strengths that we bring to the table.
Even if you don’t think your skill or strength is something ‘conventional’, that’s still unique to you, and you shouldn’t underestimate the value of it!