Life

Understanding Your Strengths and Weaknesses to Realize Your Potential

  How to understand yourself, I think you should complete two things before the age of thirty-five: First, do something that others, including yourself, think you can’t do, but you did it after trying your best. This thing lets you know that there is endless potential, let you know “I can”. It will become a benchmark for your life and give you courage in front of all hurdles. And this is just the starting point, this is actually just the bottom line of your ability.
  The second is to do something that is simple and ordinary in your imagination, but you can’t achieve it even if you try your best. This incident will definitely give you a sense of frustration, but it will also make you sober, break your narcissism, and remind you that “time is infinite and manpower is exhausted.” You are only flesh and blood, not so omnipotent and omniscient. For example, if you had known that you were not good at investing and managing money, you would not have been fooled by the “Pig Killing Plate”. And this is the upper limit of your ability and your shortcoming.
  Many times, many people have misunderstandings: they have never done anything, but they are so confident that they think they are great at anything they do. I have never worked, but I think making money is like picking something out of a bag; I have never held any professional job, but I think those things are very simple.
  I often ask young children: Do you think you are very capable and perseverant? Then, please give an example – you cannot use standardized examinations such as the high school entrance examination, college entrance examination, postgraduate entrance examination, and public entrance examination.
  why? First, the high school and college entrance examinations are actually IQ tests; second, for ordinary people, these examination activities are supported by the whole family and involve the accumulation of countless money and efforts. In most cases, if you do well in the test, it proves that your intelligence is above the median, that your parents love you and are very concerned about education – it does not prove any of your qualities.
  Often after I ask this, the young children cannot cite a single example.
  On the other hand, because you have never done anything, you may have infinite self-esteem and feel that you are worthless. Not smart, not good looking, not perseverant – can’t even lose weight.
  I also often ask them: Do you think you are stupid and make mistakes in everything you say and do? In addition to embarrassing you, do these mistakes bring any negative consequences? Are these consequences just a figment of your imagination?
  Often, young children cannot answer the questions.
  I never liked sports as a child. As I grew up, I discovered that what I really disliked was “making a fool of myself.” When I tripped on my skipping rope, I was yelled at by other girls; when I couldn’t jump into the sand pit in the long jump, the boys clapped their hands and laughed at me; when I was a teenager, I didn’t know the existence of bras, and I was stopped by the class teacher in the middle of my run. After that, the class kept whispering, Embarrasses me to death.
  One day in the fourth or fifth grade of elementary school, the physical education teacher taught us to climb a rope. I didn’t want to make a fool of myself, so I didn’t climb, and the teacher didn’t force me.
  When I was a child, I lived on a college campus and there were ropes on the playground. Once, I had a sudden idea in a playground and wanted to climb a rope. No one was watching, no one was laughing. I climbed and climbed, fell down and started again. If my arms were sore, I would move again and continue. Just like that, I don’t know how long I have been practicing, but something magical happened: I climbed to the top of the high hanging rope – from then on, I knew that I just didn’t like it, but it didn’t mean that I couldn’t. I can, as long as I am willing to learn and practice, anything can be achieved.
  And what are the things that I can’t achieve despite my best efforts? I took a metalworking internship class in college and spent 40 hours grinding out one side of the hammer, while a male classmate of mine spent two hours grinding out the other seven sides of the hammer. His work efficiency is 140 times that of mine – I know, physical strength is my shortcoming, this is something I can’t overcome – I didn’t say “women are not as strong as men”, I was saying “my physical strength is not good” .
  I still have many achievements, and I still have many shortcomings. Just as your strengths are endless, so are your weaknesses.
  You have to work hard, struggle, and do your best before you know they exist.

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