Strength within

“Most people think they know what they are good at. They are usually wrong… And yet, a person can perform only from strength.” Peter Drucker.

None of us like to admit we’re weak. None of us like to present the potential of fear to our opponents, always waiting in the wings for us to slip up.

And yet… Our opponents are just as fearful. Just as cautious. Just as secretive and unwilling to admit to weaknesses too. Sometimes they hide it better; sometimes not.

But why fear weakness? Is it really weakness anyway? Look at it from another angle – our admitted weakness allows us to set up strong pillars around us that provide the strength we’re missing.

When I look at any successes I’ve had, it’s always been because of outside strengths as well as anything I’ve brought to the table.

One is Just Two Letters Away from Alone

At work, I have the immense good fortune to be partnered with some of the smartest people and minds I know, with a team that’s driven to change the way we do social commerce in the months to come.

In my personal life, although we’ve had our struggles like any couple (married or otherwise), I have a rock in my wife who supports me in all I do, or try to do.

In projects like For Bloggers by Bloggers, I know I have certain strengths in blogging. But I also know that I have limited knowledge in many areas – that’s where the strengths of some amazingly smart people cover my weakness.

When I started 12for12k back at the end of 2008, I had a ton of great ideas. But that’s all they were. It took people like Jon, Sue, Cheryl, Darin, John, Rachel and many others to make it happen. And it took people like you to continue making it happen, even at times when I questioned if it still could.

I could go on, but it all boils down to the same thing – all our strength within lies without.

And sometimes we miss that because we fear the repercussions of weakness.

Unfostering the Weakness

But weakness in ourselves isn’t a bad thing.

We’re told it is – by teachers, by lovers, by bosses.

But instead of highlighting our weakness and where we can improve, they should be concentrating on our strengths and where we can use them.

We should be concentrating on our strengths and allowing others in to be the blankets for our supposed failings. Because, in all honesty, our only failing or weakness is in allowing others to foster it.

Open up your weakness; acknowledge your strength.

You might be surprised at the results.