"It is far more lucrative and fun to leverage your strengths instead of attempting to fix all the chinks in your armor. The choice is between multiplication of results using strengths or incremental improvement fixing weaknesses that will, at best, become mediocre." - Tim Ferriss
Is it better to leverage your strengths or try and fix your weaknesses?
According to Tim Ferriss in the quote above, focusing on your strengths is the much better option.
And I can see the rationale behind this. Why try to fix your flaws instead of leaning in to your natural strengths? It will always be an uphill battle if you try to become something you're not.
But I think motivation is a key point here. Just because you're good at something doesn't mean you're interested in it.
And isn't it more rewarding to develop a skill from scratch?
The idea of a 'Growth Mindset' has gained popularity thanks to psychology researcher Carol Dweck. She describes how "the view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life. It can determine whether you become the person you want to be and whether you accomplish the things you value."
In other words, the mindset we adopt generates self-fulfilling prophecies.
If we doubt our ability to learn a certain skills, then we become our own worst enemy. We construct imaginary mental barriers between our current self and what we're truly capable of.
So it's easier to leverage your strengths, but you should develop skills based on interest rather than ability.
And just because you're not naturally skilled at something doesn't mean you can't become great at it.
As Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.”