Reframing weaknesses

2019-04-05

I’m the worst person in the world at improv. It’s painful to see.

My first drafts are incoherent. My first thoughts are incomprehensible. The only difference between me and a raving street lunatic is time to edit.

I learned quickly after I got a job that everyone hates that about me. Performance evaluations full of “He does reliable work which is flexible, rock solid and performs according to spec. He’s also super slow.”

Imagine being happy with the result, but unhappy with how you got there. “Great work on that project,” my performance review might say, “but next time we need to you to do it while hanging upside down from the ceiling.”

Come on. Maybe good results take more time. Maybe the time saved by doing it well in the first place saves more time later than it costs now. Maybe here in the real world you have to make tradeoffs.

I’m going to flip the formula. I’m not slow, I’m deliberate. I’m precise. If you want it built solid, I’m your man. If you want someone to deliver as quickly as possible, well that’s not one of my core skills.

Reframing your weaknesses as strengths is a good thing to do, but it’s marketing, and marketing is also not one of my core skills. But I’m starting to think that it’s one worth practicing.

What advantages do your so-called weaknesses bring you?