In yesterday’s post, I made the assertion we should focus on areas of personal strengths, not areas of weakness, when we are looking to better ourselves. That goes against our natural tendency. We usually see areas of weakness as a barrier to excellence. I suggested pouring more time and effort into our strengths, so as to push us past a threshold we’ve been bumping up against, into an elite status of functioning.
I’m sure you are thinking of exceptions to this or asking the question “Is there ever a time when it’s OK to focus on improving a skill you simply don’t have?”
I believe so, if this is the case – when you discover a new passion. Then I could see the logic in starting from the ground up and pursuing that passion with full intensity. This would be all the more appropriate if the newfound passion connected in some way with another segment of your life – like what has happened to me with Luke1428.
I’ve been blogging now for almost 18 months, publishing over 200 posts. This adventure has developed into a passion of mine but clearly, from my perspective anyway, I’m still grossly inadequate at many things blog related. I’d put myself at maybe a 3 on 1-10 scale, with ten being someone who possesses the complete package of knowledgeable and skill necessary to run a successful blog.
Yet I love to write and express ideas. It excites me to see people excel with their finances and reach their dreams. I believe in sharing uplifting and inspiring ideas about life and family and faith. These are natural life passions that blogging seems to naturally intersect with as a means of expression and fulfillment.
So in this case, I’ll work really hard on my blogging weaknesses. The odds I reach an 8 or 9 on the awesome-blogger scale are remote. But if my blogging skills can be raised to a 5 (maybe a 6) while still working to improve the strengths I already posses, I believe Luke1428 will make a small mark in the personal finance blog world.
Have you ever discovered a passion that you absolutely were terrible at in the beginning?
Here are some Luke1428 posts that were mentioned in a recent blog carnival:
“5 Common Rental Real Estate Mistakes You Will Make” was included in:
The Carnival of Financial Planning at The Money Principle
The Carnival of Financial Independence at Your PF Pro
The Carnival of Financial Camaraderie at Digital Personal Finance
“ATTN Men: A Women Values Security. Get It For Her!” was included in the personal finance carnival at Aspiring Blogger.
Thank you to the carnival hosts for including my posts!
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