Leverage Your Talents for Success

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One of the most overlooked areas for success that I see is talented people not developing their talents. It seems natural for people to focus on what's wrong and try to fix it. However, if you are trying to break into the top 3% in your field, this is the wrong approach. I know many of you are bristling at this thought right now. Remember this feeling. Usually, the thing that generates the strongest reaction is the thing that you need most.

The Case for Confidence
Besides having many of the greatest self-help gurus (i.e. Brian Tracy, Mark Victor Hansen) support the position that you should focus on your strengths, I'm going to provide you with two clear examples that will bring the point home for you.

First, think about any famous, successful person that you know. Now, think about why they are famous. For an overwhelming majority of these people, each had an uncommon ability to do something. For example, Tiger Woods is one of the best golfers of all time. Does he have any weaknesses? Undoubtedly, he does; however, that's not where he spends his time. Why? Because he is paid to be the best golfer in the world. If he lacks an ability to knit or write or anything else not related to golf, it simply doesn't matter.

Second, let me introduce you to the Law of Expansion. (This is closely related to the law of attraction). Essentially, it says that whatever you focus on expands. Thus, if you focus on your weak areas, those areas consume more of your resources. Thus, your strong areas receive less attention. There are many reasons that this occurs, but for now, just understand that it does. As an example, when I first started reading self-improvement books, my bookshelf was quite small. However, the more I read, the more I wanted. Even with giving many books away, my bookshelf has continued to grow. I like these books, I think about the techniques in them, and I give attention to what they have to say. This is the Law of Expansion in action.

Before I move on, there is one caveat to leveraging your strengths. If you have a weakness that is so severe that it is holding you back, you must correct this weakness. This type of weakness is called a limiting weakness. Most other weaknesses just fall into the non-strength category.

If you are still not convinced that focusing on your talents are not the way to success, then, I challenge you to prove me wrong. For the next seven days, focus on one talent that you have and do whatever you can do to improve upon it. After the week is over, consider how you can apply this improvement to your relationships, your job, and your goals.
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