Weakness or improvement area?

One way to assess someone’s skills is to highlight strengths (what the person is good at) and weaknesses (what the person is not good at). It’s a snapshot about the current situation, but it feels a bit like a definitive statement on the person.

Another way is to distinguish strengths from improvement areas (what the person could improve on). It’s also a snapshot of the current situation, but with an open and positive perspective regarding the future.

(…)

I grew up in an environment where strengths/weaknesses was the dominant frame. Then I evolved in an environment where the strengths/improvements areas frame was the default one. I immediately loved this new frame, because it was fitting better with my deep belief that people can always change.

However, recently, I discovered that this strengths/improvements areas frame has one downside. Implicitly, it sets you on the path to try and get better at the improvement areas. It doesn’t prompt you to consider accepting that you are not good at something. Maybe the best path for you is not to work on your improvement area, but to acknowledge your weakness and look for people who are naturally good at it.

(…)

I don’t know how to phrase it succinctly. However, I feel like the right frame would help you look at the things you’re not good at today, and prompt the following question: Should you improve it, or should you accept it?

The biggest mistake

Diverge, then converge

Simplicity, radicality, playfulness

Les Huit Montagnes

The world is working against you

If you don’t prioritize your life

No magic wand

A contrarian view

Simplification of simplification

The downside of fighting every battle

Anything simple is false

The curse of simplicity

A framework to look at your life

The basics of OKR

Learning a new board game

On en reparle dans 9 ans

Advice I’ve been giving others

L’aimant à opportunités

Vouloir percer le mystère

Sous prétexte de profiter du moment

Comment tenir une résolution

Arthur vs Lancelot

Pourquoi prendre une résolution

Identifiez votre meilleure idée

Apprendre à jouer aux échecs

Quotes

Do you suffer from mental inertia?

What should I do?

A leader points in a direction

Psychological mecanisms

The more experienced you are

An old problem

Choisir ses batailles

Une autre solution

Un chemin pavé de doutes

Pause

Les mots gratuits

5 trucs contre l’insomnies

Deux secrets

Le calendrier de l’habitude

Un jongleur ne regarde pas ses mains

S’extraire de son environnement

La bonne étoile

Regarder dans une autre direction

Nicolas le stratège

Une fois entamée

Les pulsions se nourrissent du vide

L’allié de mon cerveau

La bonne distance

Clarifier ses idées

Se préparer, pour faire face

Moins, mais mieux

Pousser tellement loin

La volonté est un muscle

Le secret pour changer n’importe quoi

La méthode des petits pas

Se fier à son intuition

Qu’est-ce que l’engagement ?

Les choses auxquelles on a dit oui

La furie et la foi

Votre attention s’il vous plait

Construire quelque chose de tangible

10 choses apprises en 10 ans d’obsession

Qu’est-ce que je vais faire de ma vie ?

Il suffit d’une touche

Dix fois plus d’effort

35 bras

Non

Le chemin de la simplicité

Un chemin de croix

Trouver plus d’aiguilles

Ses engagements

Il faut lutter contre chaque lien