“Just figure out what you’re good at and do more of that - don’t distract yourself with your weaknesses.” Successful people give this advice all the time, but is it good advice? And should you follow it?
The answer is no.
In some cases, it may be useful for someone who has a very specialized skill set that’s in high demand and knows they want to do that one thing for the rest of their lives. But for anyone else - those of us who don’t want to get pigeonholed, and do want to earn our way into leadership and excel once we get there - we must do both.
Double down on your strengths and improve your weaknesses... to a certain point. More on that in a moment, but first a story.