Can you become something you are not?

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”  “Yet the most effective managers reject it.  Why? Because if the focus of your life is to turn your nontalents, such as empathy or strategic thinking or persuasiveness, into talents, then it will be a crushingly frustrating life.”…”But persistence directed primarily toward your nontalents is self-destructive–no amount of determination or good intentions will ever enable you to carve out a brand-new set of four-lane mental highways.  You will reprimand yourself, berate yourself, and put yourself through all manner of contortions in an attempt to achieve the impossible.”  

Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman in First, Break All the Rules p.145

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3 thoughts on “Can you become something you are not?

  1. I agree. We should focus most of our energy on growing in our strengths. Finding out what they are and pursuing them will bring much more satisfaction than trying to become something we weren’t meant to be. Great post, thank you!

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