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Play to your strengths

When someone feels compelled to tell you about Areas In Which Improvement Is Needed, smile, say thanks and then forget about it.

Stick to playing to your strengths and what you do best. Here’s why:

  • You likely do it better than pretty much everyone else in your organization.
  • Your reputation will be built on what you do best.
  • What you do best is likely what you enjoy most. And you’ll be at low risk of burning out.

Focus on trying to shore up your weaknesses and:

  • You won’t have nearly as much fun and you’ll wind up feeling depleted rather than recharged.
  • Folks will compare you to others who do it better.
  • At best, you’ll go from bad to mediocre. Far better to invest your time in going from great to spectacular.

If your organization can’t find a way to leverage your strengths, chances are someone else can. And your reputation will precede you.

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