Saturday, 21 March 2015


Have you ever been advised on the lines, " Capitalize on your strengths and manage around your weaknesses"? Easy to grasp - isn't it? But is it easy to implement??? !!! Well then, what needs to be done to achieve this? Here comes the solution of applying the three revolutionary tools on strength building. The three - talents, knowledge and skills - combine to create your strengths.
  • Talents are naturally recurring patterns of thought, feeling, or behavior. 
  • Knowledge consists of the facts and lessons learned.
  • Skills are the steps of an activity.
Many people don't appreciate their talents. They think that with enough practice almost everything is learnable. They don't actively seek knowledge and skills to enhance their talents. Rather, they fall into the trap of trying to acquire as much knowledge and as many skills as they are able to, in the hope of bettering themselves in some general way, smoothing out their rough edges, and emerging suitably well rounded. To build up your strengths you must avoid this trap. Rather try to identify your talents. There can be areas of greatest potential, areas in which you have the best possible chance to cultivate a world- class strength that can help you to perform.
There are two distinct kinds of knowledge for building your strengths. They are the factual and the experimental knowledge. You need both, and fortunately, you can acquire both of them. Sometimes, factual knowledge won't guarantee excellence, but excellence is impossible without it. To put it simple, you can never excel at painting if you don't know that red and green colour , when combined, gives brown. The experimental knowledge isn't taught in classrooms or found in manuals. Rather, it is something that you must discipline yourself to pick up along the way and retain.
Skills bring structure to experimental knowledge. It means that, whatever the activity, at some point a smart person will sit back and formalize all the accumulated knowledge into a sequence of steps that, if followed, will lead to performance. Skills help you to avoid trial and error and to incorporate directly new discoveries into your performance.
The bottom line is that : Identify your most powerful talents, hone them with skills and knowledge, and you will be on your way to living a strong life.