The Work Less, Make More program is all about working with your strengths. It has absolutely nothing to do with working on your weaknesses, or trying to balance out your skills. The secret to working less and making more is discovering your brilliance—your natural gifts. Once you discover them, you focus on them. It’s as easy as that.
Okay, maybe I’m simplifying things a bit. Designing your life around what you’re good at is the easy part. But discovering what you’re good at, on the other hand, can be quite challenging.
Why is it so difficult to discover your strengths? Well, if you’re like most of my clients, you aren’t used to focusing on your strengths. You’ve probably been taught to focus on your weaknesses. Think about your last performance review. Most supervisors heed the old adage, “Start with the good, and end with the bad.” So they spend about 10 minutes telling you what you are good at, and the remainder of the hour telling you what you need to improve.
If you’re a driven person who wants the best for yourself, chances are you spent the majority of your time working on those weaknesses. If you’ve ever been through a performance review your supervisor spent the first 15 minutes praising you for improving those weaknesses. But how did you spend the next 45 minutes? Discussing new weaknesses!
What do you think is happening to your strengths as you focus on your weaknesses? Nothing. Nada. Zilch. They’re staying the same.
And that’s too bad. Because by ignoring your strengths, they become dull and unused. Instead of honing those strengths to stand out in the crowd, you’re just like everyone else. Sure, you’re getting the job done. And yes, you are even improving your weaknesses. But in the process you dilute your strengths. You blend in. And that’s boring.
If you want to work less and make more, it’s not the way to go.
You need to change your way of thinking. Deep down inside, you know what you are brilliant at. It’s time to focus on it. Maybe you have great people skills, or have the ability to get out of tough situations. Maybe you are good at organizing and coordinating, or maybe you can sell ice to Eskimos. Whatever your brilliance is, it’s time to uncover it. Focusing on what you’re good at will energize and inspire you.
Can’t find your strengths yet? Keep looking. You have them, and chances are they’re right under your nose.