Weakness is a potent purifier

It’s tempting to beat ourselves up over the qualities that we lack. 

But that’s the stoic part of our brain. It believes that turning a cruel eye to our weaknesses will help us grow. 

Turns out, though, only making friends with them does. Only reconciling ourselves to our own liabilities can help us take the first step toward change. 

And so, instead of railing and raging about how badly we suck at the task at hand, we should try to find out what our weaknesses might want from us. We should determine which story about our own talent we finally need to shed. 

One of my biggest weaknesses is my profound inattention to detail. It’s a trait that I’ve managed to keep under the radar for most of my life. 

But in the past few years, it’s started to become a significant source of frustration for myself and others. And no matter how much the rebel artist in me wants to say, details schmetails, demanding that the people in my life simply accept my weaknesses as charming and part of the package, it has to change. It really does. 

This isn’t cute anymore. I know it’s important to feel understood and supported for the person we are, but we can’t be afraid to bid farewell to the story that longer serves us. 


What kind of relationship do you have with your own weaknesses? 
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Scott Ginsberg

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Author. Speaker. Strategist. Inventor. Filmmaker. Publisher. Songwriter.  



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