Posts tagged focus
Why Having Weaknesses Is A Good Thing

Self-esteem is a tricky thing. Something that I've noticed recently, though, is that everyone is so obsessed with focusing on their weaknesses because they see someone else who is better at it and they covet. I'm going to explain why you need to see having weaknesses as a GOOD thing.

Self Awareness

Most importantly... be grateful you can even see your own weaknesses. This means you have some level of self awareness. If you think you don't have any weaknesses you're delusional and it's going to stunt your growth. For those of you who know what your weaknesses are, great, good for you. I'm proud of you for internalizing your talents and realizing what you're not so good at. Keep doing this your whole life. Think of what comes easy to you and what you have to really force yourself to try to do.

Narrow Your Focus

Weakness help you to narrow your focus. You know that you're following your life's path when everything seems to come easy to you. For example... it is really difficult for me to be around dark, negative energy for long periods of time, so being a social worker probably isn't the best career choice for me. I know that taking on people's problems as my own is a weakness, and therefore I never pursued a career that would make me do that.

If you're starting a business you can recognize your weaknesses to outsource and do your strengths yourself. If you're great at design, but you're lost with programming, hire an IT person and stick to the design. Focus on your strengths and allow others to come in and beef up the weaknesses.

Stay Humble

Knowing your weaknesses is going to make you stay humble. Humility is such an underrated attribute. Not only are you going to be able to focus on your strengths to be more successful, but while you're doing it you're going to appreciate other people who's strengths are your weaknesses and nothing makes a person like you more than when you appreciate them. This isn't always everyone's biggest concern, but when I look around at the successful people who stayed humble, they're the ones who are not only successful materialistically, but they're leaving a legacy.

Why I Chose To Be A Minimalist

I decided about 4 years ago to be a minimalist, and here’s why. 

To Save Money

This one is obvious, the less stuff you buy, the more money you have. For me, I decided the money that I traded for each hour of my life was better spent on good food, good views, and good times.

To Heal My Soul

I was really struggling with the fact that I was calling myself a good person, while I was buying clothes and electronics made in sweat shops. In case you were wondering what you learn as a Political Science major, it is basically just class after class about how greedy companies are destroying the world. The less stuff I bought, the better I could feel about myself because I wasn’t supporting an industry I didn’t believe in.

To De-clutter

One of my favorite quotes is “I spring clean my schedule, not my house”. I grew up with a Type-A mom who kept a very clean, organized house. What this taught me was that organized clutter is still clutter. My brain works like my space, and if my space looks like it’s suffocating from all the clutter, then my brain feels the same way. Minimizing my space was key to reducing my anxiety.

To Be Mobile

I move a lot, or at least I moved a lot in college. In case you’re all wondering, I hate moving. The less stuff I own, the easier it is to move and the less stressed out I feel about having a mobile lifestyle. This last move I made would have made the moving angels weep with joy. It took me about 2 hours to pack and 2 hours to unpack, clean, and decorate my new place. That peace of mind is priceless.

To Have Focused Priorities

It was important for me to minimalize my life as well as my things. Ridding my life of drama, excess stress and responsibilities, and distractions made me so much more productive. I can focus on what I’ve made a priority in my life now and have a life with quality, valuable experiences.