Fridays "point-counterpoint" is taking up the debate between whether you should work to improve strengths or weaknesses.
The Clifton StrengthsFinder folks famed for their "Now, go discover your strengths" and corresponding assessment test would have you believe that you should forget your weaknesses and focus exclusively on your strengths.
(For the record, I've taken the assessment and my top five are: Ideation, Activator, Strategic, Intellection, Learner)
My biggest complaint is that it doesn't also show you your bottom five, which, presumably would be your five greatest weaknesses.
Now, while I think the idea that you should forget about focusing on developing your weaknesses may not be a productive use of your time and energy, I think having an acute awareness of them would be instructive. In other words, knowing what your blind spots are.
So I'm going to argue on the side of weaknesses -- not in the sense of 'mastery' as the StrengthsFinder team wants you to think of them. Refining things you're already good at is helpful in terms of becoming an expert, but think of it this way: Let's say for arguments sake that someone referred to harassment or sensitivity training got a free pass because quote "you know that just isn't one of my strengths."
Focusing solely on leveraging and exercising only your strengths is a somewhat mechanistic approach to life. I may totally suck at the game of golf, but because its not a strength of mine doesn't mean that I can't simply enjoy the game and experience for the skill level I have and practice can make pretty good.
It's been said that the measure of a great society is how well it treats its weakest members.
So today's big idea is this: Treat your weaknesses kindly. You are defined both by what you can and what you cannot do well.
Whatever success you find in improving your weaknesses will be markedly better than the time spent refining already held strengths. It will make you a more well-rounded (balanced) individual.