Day 4 of 365 — Acknowledge your weaknesses and double down on your strengths

Growing up the majority of us are told we can do anything we set our minds to. I agree with this statement, but it’s lacking a few specifics that I learned from being raised by a single mother.

  1. There’s going to be some things you need to ask help for.
  2. Just because you failed doesn’t mean you’re a failure.
  3. Speak your mind, but be open to new ideas.

All of these ideas can be boiled down to acknowledging your weaknesses and doubling down on your strengths. Accepting a weakness, this is the hardest lesson to learn, especially if you’re as hard headed as I am… Thanks mom! :P

There’s going to be some things you need to ask help for.

We are exposed to this idea as babies and continue to experience it as we grow up. Whether it’s from breaking something as a toddler and trying to fix it or you are working on a math problem and you just can’t find the right Google term to search. You need help, it’s fine. It doesn’t mean you’re weak, dumb, or useless. I would say it means the opposite, you’re mature enough to realize an issue and resolve it.

Just because you failed doesn’t mean you’re a failure

Failure has been pushed on us all of our lives. You need to…

  • Make sure you don’t fail your classes.
  • Reach a the highest point total in a game.
  • Be the first of your friends to do X.
  • Get a job within one month of graduating.

There’s countless examples. The thing that was failed to be pushed on us as well was learning from these “failures”.

A failure is only truly a failure if you fail to learn from it.

Why did you not succeed? Is what you should be asking yourself. Pick the experience apart, did you need to study more? Practice more? What needed to change? Once you’ve realized this, engrain it into your memory. Don’t let it happen again. There are countless nuggets of knowledge that many of you fail to consume. Self realization and acceptance will prevent you from ever failing.

Speak your mind, but be open to new ideas.

I wish I could say “this one doesn’t need much more explanation” but given the state of the US right now I think it does. However, we can simplify it to the the picture below.

 

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I won’t pry on this one any further.

Remember, when you acknowledge your weaknesses and double down on your strengths you will find happiness, success, and the life you’ve been seeking.