Why It’s Good to Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses

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Knowing your strengths and weaknesses can benefit you in many ways. Some common personal strengths are determination, honesty, leadership and versatility. Some common weaknesses are self-criticism, shyness, public speaking and taking criticism. You may see that you identify with some on each list. It’s good to have some of both so that you know where you succeed the most and where you have room for growth. 

DREAM’s mentoring programs in Omaha, NE, work to develop the strengths and weaknesses of the youth in our community. We help them learn how to communicate, understand and relate to their peers. We also offer homework assistance so that we can help them do better when struggling with difficult subjects like math. Here’s a bit on how you can focus on your strengths and improve your weaknesses!

Identifying strengths and weaknesses

Our strengths are where we naturally excel and our weaknesses are the things we have to work on in order to be good at. Knowing your strengths allows you to succeed where things come easy to you, and knowing your weaknesses will show you what areas you have room for improvement in. It’s good to have both. If you only have strengths, you have no better self to work towards becoming.

Focusing on your strengths

Everyone has different strengths, and it’s important to focus on yours and not compare what you’re good at to what other people can do. Some people are naturally good at a specific sport, and others might have to practice to become great at it. If one of your strengths is creativity, and one of your friend’s is playing soccer, focus on how you're such a good artist and how they’re such a good player. Rather than being upset that you’re not good at something, find what you are good at and cheer those around you for what they’re good at.

Improving your weaknesses

There is always something we want to be better at that we can work towards achieving. Sometimes you’ll need to develop your weaknesses just enough to learn your new job, and other times you can take a trait you're not good at and develop it into a strength. Lead with your strengths and focus on what you can do, and don’t let your weaknesses hold you back. You might find you can turn this weakness into an opportunity for growth.

Mentoring programs in Omaha, NE, to help youth grow

DREAM’s mentoring programs in Omaha, NE, help youth grow to their full potential. We give them positive role models who can help them succeed where they’re strong, and help them improve where they might be weak. We can help them become a little more confident and feel better about themselves through team mentoring and after-school programs. Contact us today to see how you can get involved!