I do a lot of the interviews and hiring for our office. One of the questions that I ask our prospective employees is what they think their weakest characteristic is.
Before that, I always ask what their strongest characteristic is. They never really have a problem answering the strong one, but they never seem to be able to answer the weak one.
I'm not really sure how to interpret this. But I was talking to my wife Sam and one of her friends about it over pancakes the other day. (They were free pancakes, by the way. National Pancake Day at IHOP is awesome!) I mentioned it to them when the topic came up in conversation.
We came across a pretty decent lesson. I don't know that it's everything we can learn from this phenomenon, but I think it's one good point.
We discovered that we tend to beat ourselves up a lot. As humans, we have a problem with that. We find the negative in ourselves all the time. We go through the day telling ourselves all of these little bad things about us. But when going into an interview, we can't come up with an answer.
The conclusion we came to is not that we have no weaknesses, but that the weaknesses we constantly remind ourselves of are generally superficial. When I ask those prospective employees about their weakest characteristic, I'm sure they could come up with something, just nothing meaningful. They're not going to tell me their thighs are too big, or they wish they were an inch taller. Or that they wished they had a British accent because when they spoke in front of large groups of people their talks would be much more interesting. (I want a British accent so badly.) In reality, those things don't matter.
We can do what God created us to do without those things being perfect. We don't have to beat ourselves up. We can change the world without being perfect.
Yes, we do have weaknesses, and we should understand them. But let's focus on the real ones, the ones that are actually holding us back from accomplishing the things God created us to do.