Play To Your Strengths

Strengths-Aligned People are 6X More Engaged at Work

Steve Glaveski

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Michael Jordan is arguably the greatest basketballer of all time.

But despite his success on the court, he had remained passionate about baseball his entire life and was motivated to pursue the sport after the murder of his baseball-loving late dad, James Jordan, in July of 1993.

Jordan first retired from basketball in October of 1993, shortly after closing out a three-peat with the Chicago Bulls against my beloved Phoenix Suns.

He went on to play baseball in the minor leagues for the Birmingham Bruins, the Chicago White Sox’s affiliate, where his batting average was .202, batted in 51 runs and stole 30 bases. The league-wide batting average in the major league is between .250 and .275, so Jordan wasn’t terrible, but he was below average and from a superstar, and in his early 30s at the time, he was never going to become one.

So after a lackluster year in the minor leagues, he returned to the NBA where he won another three straight championships with the Chicago Bulls, topping the league with 30.4 points per game in his first full season back in 1996.

He was again playing to his strengths.

He wrapped up his career with 6 NBA titles, 6 MVP awards, 14 NBA All-Star appearances, and 2 Olympic gold medals.

Mitigate Your Weaknesses or Capitalize on Your Strengths?

In life, it is indeed noble to address our weaknesses, particularly if those weaknesses are preventing us from getting to where we want to be.

But it is important to reflect on whether those weaknesses must be addressed or whether we’d be better served by spending that time leveraging our strengths.

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Steve Glaveski

CEO of Collective Campus. HBR writer. Author of Time Rich, and Employee to Entrepreneur. Host of Future Squared podcast. Occasional surfer.