Our Strengths Can Become Our Weakness

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What is your greatest strength?

I would consider mine to be my competitiveness.

The willingness to take on challenges and recover from failure due to my own indignant mindset has gotten me through a lot of trials and tribulations.

A lot of trials and tribulations that my competitiveness probably got me into.

I’ve lived most of my life with a chip on my shoulder, and I’m not entirely sure why.

I’ve just always had a burning desire to prove people wrong.

It got me into college to play basketball.

It also made my life miserable while I was there.

I’ve talked about this before in a previous post .

     I was determined to prove people that I could play in college.

     I was determined to prove to people that I could graduate from Prep School and then the Naval Academy without really putting in the academic work

     I was determined to make my way through my naval career without playing the game.

     I have at times been determined to prove that our business could things that others could not.

My competitive nature only served me well in one of those endeavors.

In all of the other ones my natural competitive state created my own problem.

It has probably ruined more relationships than I can count and it has undoubtedly caused my marriage unnecessary strain at times.

I was listening to a podcast recently where they were discussing the how strengths and skills can become detrimental over time if not recognized for their true utility.

My strength became my weakness at some point.

I’m not sure when I let that go, but it wasn’t that long ago.

I just know that at some point I became more self aware and decided trying to win at everything wasn’t going to get me anywhere.

Any tool used for the wrong task is counterproductive.

Try using a hammer to saw wood.

What strength are we clinging to out of pride that is holding us back?

What strength has now become your weakness?

Fern