Thursday, March 8, 2012


Focus on your Strengths and Forget about your Weaknesses

Most of us seem too self-conscious about our weaknesses and spend too much energy and resources in the process of trying to correct our imperfections.

We tend to take for granted our good qualities, our plus points and postitive features, our skills and talents, our forte and strong points.

Hence we tend to neglect on building up our strengths. This is because we keep thinking of our faults and weak points all the time and we become obsessed with improving our weaknesses and shortcomings and apply all our efforts in that direction. Also, other people tend to point out your shortcomings rather than your plus points.

Why not forget about our weaknesses, our imperfections, and focus all our resources on further improving our strong points?

If you study the biographies of great persons you will realize that this has been their leitmotif. 

Great Achievers just ignore their frailties and concentrate all their efforts on enhancing and bettering their strong points, boosting their forte, and this is the secret of how they achieve great heights.

So that’s the way to excellence:

nourish your strengths and ignore your weaknesses

and be a winner.

It works - you can take my word for it.

Constantly worrying about your faults and weaknesses and expending your internal resources and focussing your entire effort trying to rectify your shortcomings will physically sap you, drain your emotional energy and demoralize you since you will never be able to achieve the desired results, whereas working on improving your strengths and positive points will fill you with zest and enthusiasm since you will always enjoy working on something you are good at and something you like doing.

So even the results are sure to be encouraging and this will further raise your morale and fill you with cheer. 

One always enjoys doing what one is good at and the results will be excellent too. 

On the contrary you are likely to become fatigued and disheartened doing something you are not good at (and something you do not like doing) since in such cases the results will not be commensurate with the efforts and resources expended.

First, introspect and identify your strengths and weaknesses

Then you must accept your weaknesses as they are and forget about them and instead concentrate all your efforts on reinforcing, enhancing and boosting your strengths

It is not worth it to waste your energies and resources on your shortcomings.

Try it this approach. 

Just focus on your strengths and forget about your weaknesses 

And see the results for yourself. 

You can be a winner, as you are, wherever you are, with whatever qualities you have got.

Copyright © Vikram Karve 2012
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A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer. Educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and short fiction. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories, creative non-fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional research papers in journals and edited in-house journals for many years, before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for almost 15 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing. Vikram lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.

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