Who Cares about Your Weaknesses? Play to Your Strengths

Don’t miss this great case study written by bestselling author Paul B. Brown in Forbes.com, on this key idea: working on your weaknesses is about the worst thing you can do.


(Image, forbes.com)

After all, writes Brown, “I think you should do everything in your power ONLY to do what you do best….You are far better off capitalizing on what you do best, instead of trying to offset your weakness.  Making a weakness less of a weakness is simply not as good at being the best you possibly can be at something.”

Have you ever been advised to work on your own weaknesses? How did it turn out?  Read the rest of this article, and let us know what you think in the Leave a Reply section below.



It’s All a Matter of Perspective: How to Turn ‘Weaknesses’ into Strengths, by Dave Kerpen

About the author:

Paul B. Brown

Paul B. Brown (image, Forbes.com)

I am a best-selling author, and an extremely proud Forbes alum. A former writer and editor at Business Week, Inc. and Financial World, in addition to my six years at Forbes, I’ve written, co-written and “ghosted” numerous best-sellers including Customers for Life (with Carl Sewell.) My latest book, which I co-author with Leonard A. Schlesinger and Charles F. Kiefer, is Just Start: Take Action; Embrace Uncertainty; Create the Future.

– Posted by Regan Kelly

3 thoughts on “Who Cares about Your Weaknesses? Play to Your Strengths

  1. Learning about my strengths was a pretty revolutionary moment in both my work and personal life. When I focus on my weaknesses (like talking too much), I fail miserably, Infact…trying to “fix” my weaknesses made them ten times worse (being nervous makes me talk even more). But when I stopped trying to fix what was broken, and thought about what I do well…it gave me a whole new perspective on where I should focus and what I should be doing..ultimately leading to a great new job (and yes, I still talk too much, but no one around here seems to mind)….

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