(Potentially) Unconventional wisdom that will help you achieve more

Go all in

You don’t “succeed” because you have no weaknesses; you succeed because you find your unique strengths and focus on developing habits around them.

Prelude: I didn’t know what I was going to post on Pursuing Balance this week. Then the above, from Tim Ferris, showed up in my email inbox.

I made a change in my mindset this year that has had a significant effect on my life.

It wasn’t a wholesale change in beliefs. It didn’t require an intensive meditative retreat or an extended period of self-deprivation to come to this change.

Address weakness:

Several of my recent blog posts have focused on addressing weaknesses although they may not have come out and said that explicitly.

Go all in on strengths:

What are some ways to go all in on your strengths?

  1. Find podcasts that excite you and educate you in the areas you’d like to develop further.
  2. Take an online course related to the area you want to get stronger in. There are options like Udemy , Lynda, or Coursera. I’ve even used Khan Academy to learn something quick or to help my kids with their homework.
  3. Join an online community like Reddit. You’ll find groups that are knowledgeable about the areas you want to develop — and additional resources to dig deeper.

Find ways to minimize and address the weakness — then take full advantage of your talents. Hone them and deploy them. The world will reward you as a result.

Credit goes to Gary Vaynerchuk for inspiring me. It was his version of “Double down on your strengths” that finally clicked with me.

Dad, husband, thinker, writer, exerciser. “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” — Dumbledore

Dad, husband, thinker, writer, exerciser. “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” — Dumbledore