Dirty Dozen #11 – Shortcoming

by Rajesh Setty on October 23, 2009


The earlier posts in this series are as follows:

  1. Dirty Dozen #1 – Luck
  2. Dirty Dozen #2 – Status Quo
  3. Dirty Dozen #3 – Complacency
  4. Dirty Dozen #4 – Mediocrity
  5. Dirty Dozen #5 – Indifference
  6. Dirty Dozen #6 – Impatience
  7. Dirty Dozen #7 – Common Sense
  8. Dirty Dozen #8 – Failure
  9. Dirty Dozen #9 – Expert
  10. Dirty Dozen #10 – Free Ride

Dictionary definition:
A fault or failure to meet a certain standard, typically in a person’s character, a plan or a system.

Understanding shortcomings are important. But simply keep on focusing on your shortcomings and using these shortcomings, as excuses for not performing will be disastrous. You create accomplishments “in spite” of shortcomings.

Everyone has strengths and everyone has shortcomings. Winners operate most of the time in their area of strengths and losers raise their “shortcomings” flag to explain why they lost.

Think about it – very simply, focusing just on shortcomings will take away your focus on your strengths. You get optimum results by focusing on your strengths and compensating on your weaknesses (where applicable.)

If you have a shortcoming and that skill is a REQUIRED element in your recipe for success, try to see if you can partner with someone else to compensate for that shortcoming. If you cannot partner, check if you can pay and get that help. If you cannot find a partner and cannot compensate to get that right help to take care of it, then try re-visiting your goal.

In summary, winners don’t win because they don’t have any shortcomings. They do. They win despite having these shortcomings.

You know you are a winner so go ahead and start focusing on your strengths and in parallel work on getting help in the areas where you have shortcomings.

All the best!

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Illustration by Ming. Ming is the creator of the Fantasy Story webcomic. He is also a freelance illustrator, designer, painting instructor and occasional luxury car salesman. Ming is based in Penang, Malaysia. You can find him on twitter @Artmaker

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