We all come with weaknesses. Anyone who tells you they have few to no weakness is a liar (and both lying and living in denial are big weaknesses).
It’s normal to have certain flaws in our character. We are human after all. What’s not normal is owning your weaknesses. This is for the modern day Overmen among us.
Most people remain in denial about their own weaknesses. They fail to do the introspection. They do not identify with them and take ownership of them.
Having weaknesses doesn’t make you weak. Remaining in denial does. Acknowledging them allows you to own them.
I have lots of weaknesses. These include
- Sometimes lack empathy
- Fierce independence
- Easily bored
- At times I have a big ego
Thing is, I own them.
Owning your weaknesses means you’re aware of them and when they’re in effect.
I’m aware of my own and I’m developing the skill to identify them whenever they arise. It’s a work in progress and sometimes I don’t realize until post-event but awareness is key.
In the coming years as I’m tested in life I may realize I have weaknesses I didn’t know I had. For now though these are my big seven.
In the past I would never introspect or acknowledge anyone’s criticisms. I was in denial. My ego wouldn’t allow me to contemplate it.
Over time I’ve come to realize that the more aware I am of them the more control I have over them.
Own your weaknesses is part of the wider Ancient Greek philosophy of ‘know thyself’.
Socrates said to know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.
Ste Davies says own your weaknesses and use them for your own benefit.
What do I mean by that? Well, if you look at my weaknesses you can flip them on their head and turn them into strengths.
- Stubborn (I won’t give up when I don’t want to)
- Impatient (I make sure things get done quickly)
- Sometimes lack empathy (Sometimes you have to be cold in life)
- Fierce independence (Much better than being dependent on someone or something)
- Easily bored (I will live a diverse life trying new skills, activities and ways to make money)
- At times I have a big ego (Having an ego is important for people who want to achieve in life)
- Judgemental (Some people need to be judged)
See what I did there? I turned them around and into a benefit. It’s all about the power of the reframe.
Having character weaknesses is human. It’s about knowing what they are, identifying them when they appear and using them for your own gain.
That’s how you own your weaknesses.